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Identity Politics in the Women's Movement

Identity Politics in the Women's Movement

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An essential collection that constructs the arguments of similarity and difference dividing and uniting women

In recent years, identity has come to be seen as a process rather than a fact or deterministic force. Yet, recognizable identity traits continue to draw people together and provide them with a sense of empowering commonality. Although the plasticity afforded identity has freed up rigid definitions and guidelines for affiliation, some believe that nebulous demarcations of identity may deprive women of a solid position from which to effectively contest centers of power.

Bringing together articles by well-known authors and theorists such as Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Daphne Patai, Barbara Smith, Marilyn Frye, Shane Phelan, Leila J. Rupp, Hazel Carby, and Adrienne Rich with lesser-known writers and scholars, this broad-based anthology ranges widely from personal narratives to empirical research. The book unpacks issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and age, contributing a mélange of sharp, lively perspectives to current debate.

In a postmodern era of feminism, how do women come to identify, organize and mobilize themselves within a complex global network of relationships? Identity Politics in the Women's Movement offers critical examination of the inescapable role of identity in academic and activist feminism and the opportunities, challenges and conflicts identity politics pose.

Author: Barbara Ryan
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 08/01/2001
Pages: 374
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.45lbs
Size: 9.98h x 7.06w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780814774793

About the Author
Ryan, Barbara: - Barbara Ryan is Professor of Sociology and Director of Women's Studies at Widener University.

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