Summary: This ambitious philosophical anthology combines analyses and surveys of contemporary theorizing on social identity. The editors redirect classic philosophical questions about personal identity to the categories of race, class, gender and sexuality. Readings consist of scholarly, popular, autobiographical and literary writings that engage issues in racial theory, social and political philosophy and feminism. A fifth part of the book on intersection illustrates the
conceptual problems with essentialism and the taxonomy of identity politics. The importance of narrative accounts of social life within these significant identity categories is emphasized throughout the volume.
Summary: This ambitious philosophical anthology combines analyses and surveys of contemporary theorizing on social identity. The editors redirect classic philosophical questions about personal identity to the categories of race, class, gender and sexuality. Readings consist of scholarly, popular, autobiographical and literary writings that engage issues in racial theory, social and political philosophy and feminism. A fifth part of the book on intersection illustrates the conceptual problems with essentialism and the taxonomy of identity politics. The importance of narrative accounts of social life within these significant identity categories is emphasized throughout the volume. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:98 Cover: Print On Demand Publisher:Blackwell Publishers Year Published: 1998 International: No
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Zack, Naomi (Ed.) : State University of New York at Albany
Naomi Zack is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Albany. She is the author of Race and Mixed Race (1993), Bachelors of Science: Seventeenth Century Identity Then and Now (1996), Thinking About Race (1998). She is the Editor of American Mixed Race: The Culture of Microdiversity (1995) and Race/Sex: Their Sameness, Difference, and Interplay (1997).
Sartwell, Crispin (Ed.) : Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg-The Capital College
Crispin Sartwell is Associate Professor of Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, Capital College. He is the author of The Art of Living : Aesthetics of the Ordinary in World Spiritual Traditions (1995), Obscenity, Anarchy, Reality (1996), and Act Like You Know : African-American Autobiography and White Identity.
Shrage, Laurie (Ed.) : California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
Laurie Shrage is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy at California State Polytechmic University, Pomona. She is the author of Moral Dilemmas of Feminism : Prostitution, Adultery, and Abortion (1994).
"This collection provides both classic and creative new analyses of four kinds of social identity that have been the focus of so much recent scholarly research, intellectual debate, and social policy. The excellent selection of papers in each area reflects the valuable resources that these philosophers bring to the project. This first-rate anthology will be a gift not only for philosophers but also for teachers and scholars in many disciplines, and for policy analysts."
-- Sandra Harding, University of California, Los Angeles
Blackwell Publishers Web Site, March, 2000
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About the Editors. Acknowledgements. Introduction : Naomi Zack.
Part I. Race : Edited by Naomi Zack
Race : Introduction to the Readings.
1. The Real Status of Blacks Today : Derrick Bell. 2. The Uncompleted Argument : Du Bois and the Illusion of Race : Kwame Anthony Appiah. 3. Racism in the Head, Racism in the World : Judith Lichtenburg. 4. The Status of Blacks in Academic Philosophy : Leonard Harris. 5. Reverse Discrimination as Unjustified : Lisa H. Newton. 6. The Morality of Reparation : Bernard R. Boxhill. 7. The Fact of Blackness : Frantz Fanon. 8. Prison of Color : Virginia R. Harris. 9. Mixed Black and White Race and Public Policy : Naomi Zack.
Questions about Race. Recommended Reading for Part One.
Part II. Class : Edited by Crispin Sartwell
Class : Introduction to the Readings.
10. Civil Government is for Defence of Rich Against Poor : Adam Smith. 11. Manifesto of the Communist Party : Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. 12. Economy and Society : Max Weber. 13. Men and Jobs : Elliot Liebow. 14. Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of the "Other" : an Intellectual and Spiritual Journey : Dasiea Cavers-Huff and Janice Kollitz. 15. Gilded Lilies and Liberal Guilt : Patricia J. Williams. 16. Working-class Culture : Joanna Kadi.
Questions about Class. Recommended Reading for Part Two.
Part III. Gender : Edited by Laurie Shrage
Gender : Introduction to the Readings.
17. Gender Treachery : Homophobia, Masculinity, and Threatened Identities : Patrick D. Hopkins. 18. Interpreting 'Gender' : Linda J. Nicholson. 19. A Matter of Discipline : Reading for Gender in Jewish Philosophy : Susan E. Shapiro. 20. Stages on Kant's Way : Aesthetics, Morality and the Gendered Sublime : Christine Battersby.
Questions about Gender. Recommended Reading for Part Three.
Part IV. Sexuality : Edited by Laurie Shrage
Sexuality : Introduction to the Readings.
21. Saint Foucault : David M. Halperin. 22. Refiguring Lesbian Desire : Elizabeth Grosz. 23. Markets in Women's Sexual Labour : Debra Satz. 24. Talking Sex : Bell Hooks. 25. Deconstructive Strategies and the Movement against Sexual Violence : Renée Heberle.
Questions about Sexuality. Recommended Reading for Part Four.
Part V. Intersections : Edited by Crispin Sartwell
Intersections : Introduction to the Readings.
26. Mother Tongue : Amy Tan. 27. Confessions of a Nice Negro, or Why I Shaved my Head : Robin D. G. Kelley. 28. The Green Frog Skin : John (Fire) Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes. 29. Aren't You in the Wrong Neighbourhood? : William Upski Wimsatt. 30. Sunset Trailer Park : Allan Bérubé with Florence Bérubé. 31. The Culture of Complaint : Robert Hughes. 32. Have We Got a Theory for You! : María C. Lugones and Elizabeth V. Spelman. 33. A Long Line of Vendidas : Cherríe Morga.
Questions about Intersections. Recommended Reading for Part Five.
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