Fragments or Ties?: The Defense of Difference

Martha Minow

in The Fractious Nation?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520220430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936911 | DOI:
Fragments or Ties?: The Defense of Difference

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This chapter identifies other factors that bind Americans together, even in an age of so-called “identity politics”, the allegiances that gays, blacks, immigrants, Latinos, and others show to their own kind. It observes that various instances such as embodied in group claims for recognition; battles to transform white, Euro-American-denominated curricula; or the demonizing language of separatist demagogues, have provoked widespread fear that assertions of group identity threaten national unity. The chapter also raises the question as to what does, or could, bind Americans together.

Keywords: identity politics; group identity; national unity; Americans

Chapter.  4864 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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