Visible identities:race, gender, and the self/Linda Martın Alcoff. p. cm.—(Studies in feminist philosophy). Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides. Visible. PDF | On Mar 1, , David Ingram and others published Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Alcoff.

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The first is straightforward, and concerns the worry that any “strongly felt” ethnic, racial, or cultural identity harms or prevents needed national cohesion. In addition to the chapters already mentioned, her other chapters include an analysis of the identity crisis in feminist theory, whiteness, the black-white binary, and a discussion of the debate over whether ‘Latino’ refers to a racial or ethnic category. Offers an account of social identity that is attentive to both the political and the philosophical debates, and that brings the empirical work on identity identitjes to bear on the theoretical debates in post-structuralism.

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Putting her political arguments aside, this is one of Alcoff’s most important contributions to race theory. Visible Identities offers a careful analysis of the political and philosophical worries about identity and argues that these worries are neither supported by the empirical data nor grounded in realistic understandings of what identities are.

Individuals are not interacted with merely as interlocutor, citizen, person, or human; within our social worlds persons engage others as gendered and raced beings. Within that chapter — which is especially pertinent in the context of our present national discussions of immigration and conflicts between African Americans and Latinos — she criticizes the unjustified focus on black and white concerns and perspectives in national discussions of race. Academic Skip to main content.


This feature of her account is developed in her discussion of mixed race and mestizo identity. Racialized Identities and Racist Subjects 7. More In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides. Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. Moral Universalism and Economic Triage,” Diogenes Leftist Thought in the Twentieth-Century America.

Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Alcoff. Alcoff introduces her conception of embodiment and visibility in the fourth chapter, “Real Identities,” but she expands it in chapters six, “The Metaphysics of Gender and Sexual Difference,” seven, “The Phenomenology of Racial Embodiment,” and eight, “Racism and Visible Race.

Visible Identities

For the sake of their own visibility, groups engender the invisibility of other embodied identities. They are the “situations” from which we come to know, understand, and reason about the world. Furthermore, since these categories come with scripts, determined by social expectations and stereotypes, they serve to undermine individual autonomy and individually formed rational life plans. Identitkes is worse than naive, moreover, for liberals to insist that individuals can adorn themselves with a mantle of citizenship that would cover up their embodied and visible differences.

At best, Alcoff demonstrates how race, ethnicity and gender are present in our lives and in society, as well as their effect on how we know the world. Find it on Scholar. This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Identtiies – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level.


In Alcoff’s analysis, there are three problems that these liberals and many conservatives have with strongly felt racial, ethnic, visjble gender identity. The Ant Trap Brian Epstein. Publications Pages Publications Pages. The “who are we?

Allison Weir – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 5: Secondly, for Alcoff, the identities of race and gender are embodied and visible to the world. In several chapters she looks specifically at Latino identity alcofff well, including its relationship to concepts of race, the specific forms of anti-Latino racism, and the politics of mestizo or hybrid identity.

This leads her to ignore the deeper concerns that critics have about identity politics as a species of special interest politics.

Lotter – – South African Journal of Philosophy 17 3: Essays on Ethics and Feminism Sabina Lovibond. Linda Martin Alcoff – manuscript.

Alcoff’s attempt to make a political argument through metaphysical analysis immediately calls to mind the distinction between those two areas of inquiry and their presumed separateness. The Metaphysics of Gender and Sexual Difference.

Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self

Modern Identities Between Taylor and Foucault. Moreover, the book explores the material infrastructure of gendered identity, the experimental aspects of racial subjectivity for both whites and non-whites, and in several chapters looks specifically at Latio identity. This tension is especially apparent in Alcoff’s discussion of mixed race identity and the black-white binary.