Academic Questions

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 281–288 | Cite as

The Pathology of Identity Politics

  • Nicholas CapaldiEmail author

Identity politics and related movements are symptoms of social dysfunction.1 Those drawn to them are, in short, lost souls. Unfortunately, there are too many of them, and they are proliferating. People drawn to these movements can only be defined in terms of what they oppose, a negative narrative of exploitation and victimization, without any positive alternative of their own. My explanation for the origin of identity politics movements is that they are, understandably, examples of the failure to understand and to cope with modernity.


Modernity can be described both negatively and positively. Negatively, it is the rejection of the belief that there is an external objective order in both nature and in society, an alleged order that we must first comprehend and then to which we must conform. As such, modernity is the rejection of utopian narratives with guaranteed happy endings. Societies are not part of the great chain of being but evolving historical constructs. As Tonnies...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Spiritual Capital, College of Business AdministrationLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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