The essays in Feminist Politics contest some of the prevailing conceptualizations of identity and difference, as well as the functions of these concepts in feminist political discourse and praxis. Doing so, they amply demonstrate that issues of identity and difference have a central place in contemporary feminist scholarship. The authors of these essays have worked to develop new ways of understanding and living out differences which will both preserve and celebrate them while also fostering the necessary conditions for opening dialogue and forming new coalitions. The intent of these efforts has been to thereby engender imaginative new strategies for the personal, spiritual, and sociopolitical changes that will enable human growth, wellbeing, and flourishing. While the focus of the work represented here is understandably on women, the issues that are raised are given additional urgency, explicitly in some of the papers and implicitly in others, by the situation of their concerns in the context of the world created by the Bush administration. Because that administration has foregrounded issues of identity and difference in ways that are not only inhumane and often inaccurate but dangerous for all of us, the new ways of thinking and acting that are proposed here have a much broader application. Thus these papers truly invite not only feminists but all people to move in new directions. Taken as a whole, this volume represents cutting-edge thinking from an international perspective in these important and pressing areas for feminist research and praxis.
Deborah Orr is a philosopher who teaches in the Division of Humanities at York University in Toronto. Dianna Taylor is assistant professor of philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Eileen Kahl works in the Philosophy and Women's Studies departments at the University of South Florida. Kathleen Earle is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park. Linda Lopez McAlister is Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of South Florida. Christa Rainwater has worked as a teaching assistant at the University of San Francisco.
Part 1 Reconceptualizing Challenges to Entrenched Political Divides Chapter 2 Introduction to Identities and Differences Chapter 3 The Mind/Body Paradigm Crisis And A New Paradigm for Feminism Chapter 4 Who's Afraid of Nature? The Rise and Fall of "Denaturalization" in Contemporary Feminist Thought Chapter 5 "L'intersectionalite": Feminisms in a Divided World Chapter 6 Feminism Under Fire Chapter 7 When Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Third Wave Cultural Engagement As Political Action Chapter 8 My Once and Future Self Part 9 Putting Identity Back into Politics Chapter 10 Keeping Authenticity in Play - or Being Naughty to be Good Chapter 11 Locating Traitorous Identities: De-Scribing Whiteness Chapter 12 Mobility-Unlimitation-Acceleration: General Views and Feminist Interventions Chapter 13 Place, Movement, and Identity: Rethinking Empowerment Chapter 14 Theorizing Identities as Mutually Constitutive: A Critical Reading of Spelman, Aristotle, and Jewish Law Chapter 15 Feminist Politics and Feminist Pluralism: Can We Do Feminist Political Theory Without Theories of Gender? Chapter 16 Arendt, Foucault, and Feminist Politics: A Critical Reappraisal