Linda Martín Alcoff

in Visible Identities

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195137347
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785773 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy


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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the various issues surrounding social identity. Differences are widely believed to pose an a priori threat to alliance, unity, communication, and true understanding. This book aims to cast serious doubt on the suspicion of difference by explicating some of the important features of specific identities: race/ethnicity, sex/gender, and the new pan-Latino identity. It also addresses the general anti-identity trend of current (mainly white-dominant) public discourses, and develops a broad account of what social identities are. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: social identity; race; ethnicity; pan-Latino

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