Private selves, public identities: reconsidering identity politics

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Pennsylvania State University Press,
Pub. Date:
c2004.
Language:
English
Description

In an age when "we are all multiculturalists now," as Nathan Glazer has said, the politics of identity has come to pose new challenges to our liberal polity and the presuppositions on which it is founded. Just what identity means, and what its role in the public sphere is, are questions that are being hotly debated. In this book Susan Hekman aims to bring greater theoretical clarity to the debate by exposing some basic misconceptions—about the constitution of the self that defines personal identity, about the way liberalism conceals the importance of identity under the veil of the "abstract citizen," and about the difference and interrelationship between personal and public identity.

Hekman’s use of object relations theory allows her to argue, against the postmodernist resort to a "fictive" subject, for a core self that is socially constructed in the early years of childhood but nevertheless provides a secure base for the adult subject. Such a self is social, particular, embedded, and connected—a stark contrast to the neutral and disembodied subject posited in liberal theory. This way of construing the self also opens up the possibility for distinguishing how personal identity functions in relation to public identity. Against those advocates of identity politics who seek reform through the institutionalization of group participation, Hekman espouses a vision of the politics of difference that eschews assigning individuals to fixed groups and emphasizes instead the fluidity of choice arising from the complex interaction between the individual’s private identity and the multiple opportunities for associating with different groups and the public identities they define.

Inspired by Foucault’s argument that "power is everywhere," Hekman maps out a dual strategy of both political and social/cultural resistance for this new politics of identity, which recognizes that with significant advances already won in the political/legal arena, attitudinal change in civil society presents the greatest challenge for achieving more progress today in the struggle against racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression.

More Details
Contributors:
ISBN:
9780271031965
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 2ce978f2-2595-70a1-72c7-e6cc10b08a0d
full_title private selves public identities reconsidering identity politics
author hekman susan j
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-08-14 05:04:18AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Hekman, Susan J.
author2-role NetLibrary, Inc.
author_display Hekman, Susan J
detailed_location_arlington EBSCOhost
display_description
format_arlington eBook
format_category_arlington eBook
id 2ce978f2-2595-70a1-72c7-e6cc10b08a0d
isbn 9780271031965
item_details external_econtent:ils:.b12957112||EBSCOhost|Online|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|EBSCOhost||http://www.netlibrary.com.library.access.arlingtonva.us/urlapi.asp?action=summary&v=1&bookid=171610||Available Online||q||
itype_arlington eCollection
lexile_score -1
literary_form Other
literary_form_full Other
local_callnumber_arlington Online
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library Online, Aurora Hills Online, Central Online, Cherrydale Online, Columbia Pike Online, Connection Crystal City Online, Detention Center Online, Glencarlyn Online, Local History Online, Plaza Online, Shirlington Online, Westover Online
primary_isbn 9780271031965
publishDate 2004
record_details external_econtent:ils:.b12957112|eBook|eBook||English|Pennsylvania State University Press,|c2004.|vii, 159 p. ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington external_econtent:ils:.b12957112||Available Online|Available Online|false|true|false|false|false|true||||
title_display Private selves, public identities reconsidering identity politics
title_full Private selves, public identities [electronic resource] : reconsidering identity politics / Susan J. Hekman
title_short Private selves, public identities
title_sub reconsidering identity politics