Postmodern Lesbian Politics
By (author) Shane Phelan
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Getting Specific by Shane Phelan
Book DescriptionWhere feminist theory divides between two strategies, one based on equality (or sameness) and the other on difference, this book proposes a new approach - specificity. We are neither simply "the same as" nor "different from" one another, Shane Phelan observes, and any theory that assumes as much is mistaken and dangerous. Here she offers an alternative, a "democratic identity politics", which recognizes the specifics of human experience and at the same time accounts for alliances and communities. Getting specific, Phelan suggests, allows us to discover the networks of meaning and power that shape our lives and to find and respect genuine individuality. In particular, Phelan points out the pitfalls of a lesbian-feminism that ignores the specificities of race. Drawing on the theory surrounding women of colour, she shows how the failure of white lesbians to consider the role of race in their lives leads to inadequate social theory and political action. These failures in turn limit the possibilities for trust and cooperation across race, and thereby weaken all struggles for democratic change. Along the way to formulating a democratic identity politics out of this critique, Phelan examines concepts of power, justice, community, interest, and liberation. Developing a new vision of coalition and alliance for lesbian-feminism, she opens a new course for all political and social theorists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816621101
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1994
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Shane Phelan
We are Everywhere, Paperback (June 1997)
We are Everywhere, uses primary sources to construct a record of the issues, struggles and challenges surrounding gay politics.
Playing with Fire, Paperback (February 1997)» View all books by Shane Phelan
Opens the intersection of lesbian and gay studies and political theory to a wide audience, covering a wide range of issues, including ethnic, racial and sexual identities and the meaning of equal citizenship.
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