© 2006

Identity Politics Reconsidered

  • Linda Martín Alcoff
  • Michael Hames-García
  • Satya P. Mohanty
  • Paula M. L. Moya

Part of the The Future of Minority Studies book series (FMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Linda Martín Alcoff, Satya P. Mohanty
    Pages 1-9
  3. Rosaura Sánchez
    Pages 31-52
  4. Michael Hames-García
    Pages 78-95
  5. Ramón Saldívar
    Pages 142-151
  6. Dominick LaCapra
    Pages 228-245
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 285-289

About this book


Based on the ongoing work of the agenda-setting Future of Minority Studies national research project, Identity Politics Reconsidered reconceptualizes the scholarly and political significance of social identity. It focuses on the deployment of 'identity' within ethnic, women's, disability, and gay and lesbian studies in order to stimulate discussion about issues that are simultaneously theoretical and practical, ranging from ethics and epistemology to political theory and pedagogical practice. This collection of powerful essays by both well-known and emerging scholars offers original answers to questions concerning the analytical legitimacy of 'identity' and 'experience', and the relationships among cultural autonomy, moral universalism and progressive politics.


ethics identity Moral morality Nation national identity nationalism political theory politics realism social justice transformation Transnational women work

Editors and affiliations

  • Linda Martín Alcoff
    • 1
  • Michael Hames-García
    • 2
  • Satya P. Mohanty
    • 3
  • Paula M. L. Moya
    • 4
  1. 1.Syracuse UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Binghamton UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Cornell UniversityUSA
  4. 4.Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE)Stanford UniversityUSA

About the editors

SATYA P. MOHANTY is Professor of English and a member of the South Asia Programme at Cornell University, New York, USA.

LINDA MARTÍN ALCOFF is Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at Syracuse University, New York, USA.

MICHAEL HAMES-GARCIA is Assistant Professor of English and a member of the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture Programme at the State University of New York, Binghamton, USA.

PAULA M. L. MOYA is Assistant Professor of English and a member of the Centre for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, California, USA.

Bibliographic information


'This brilliant collection of essays by intellectual activists is a seminal contribution to the critical debate over the complex field of identity politics. If you read one book on the subject this year, make it this one and join the conversation.' Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University President and Chancellor

'A great collection to understand current critical debates on identity politics in the humanities. As a social scientist, I have learned much from this discussion, which includes essays from well known 'intellectual activists,' both theorists and practitioners of identity-based liberation movements and minority studies.' Lourdes Beneria, Cornell University