After Identity: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Gender

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 10, 2008 - Political Science
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Social and political theorists have traced in detail how individuals come to possess gender, sex and racial identities. This book examines the nature of these identities. Georgia Warnke argues that identities, in general, are interpretations and, as such, have more in common with textual understanding than we commonly acknowledge. A racial, sexed or gendered understanding of who we and others are is neither exhaustive of the 'meanings' we can be said to have nor uniquely correct. We are neither always, or only, black or white, men or women or males or females. Rather, all identities have a restricted scope and can lead to injustices and contradictions when they are employed beyond that scope. In concluding her argument, Warnke considers the legal and policy implications that follow for affirmative action, childbearing leave, the position of gays in the military and marriage between same-sex partners.

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User Review  - José-antonio Orosco - Goodreads

A book that challenges our understanding of gender and race, encouraging us to think of our identities as texts that make sense in some contexts more than others. The author is also my dissertation advisor from grad school so I have to like the book ;) Read full review

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reading individuals
The tragedy of David Reimer
Racial identification and identity
Race and interpretation
Sex and science
Rethinking sex and gender identities
Marriage the military and identity
Hermeneutics and the politics of identity

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Georgia Warnke is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Riverside.

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