Visible Identities

Linda Martín Alcoff, Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self: The book takes heed of Western philosophy’s ocularcentrism and argues that race and gender function as our defining visible identities. Race and gender are not, as various foundationalist and postmodernist philosophers have contended over the years, essentialist concepts or wishy-washy social constructs that can be readily negotiated or reformed. Rather, they constitute our material situations and embodied horizons of interpretation. Rich in history and ripe with significance, the visible categories of race and gender, and their various intersections, deeply inform how human beings come to know, engage, and move about in the world. [recommended by Tracy Llanera, Notre Dame Institute for Ethics & Society (Sidney, Australia) and the University of Connecticut]

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