Anne Philips on Gender Identity - Dictionary of Arguments
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Gender identity/difference/diversity/Philips/Mottier: As Phillips puts it, the recent shift from an
emphasis on identity to difference has 'moved feminism beyond the question of women's exclusion/inclusion to a less gender-specific set of issues associated with homogeneity/heterogeneity, sameness/diversity, and universality/difference' (1998(1): 15).
Against this backdrop, identity differences come to be seen in positive terms, rather than as impediments towards political mobilization. Indeed, the affirmation of group difference acts as a possible platform for political action (Young, 1990(2); Mendus, 1992(3)).
1.Phillips, Anne (1998) 'Introduction'. In Anne Phillips, ed., Feminism and Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 67-90.
2. Young, Iris Marion (1990) Justice and the Politics of Difference. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
3. Mendus, Susan (1992) 'Losing the faith: feminism and democracy'. In John Dunn, ed., Democracy: The Unfinished Journey 508 BC to AD 1993. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 207-19.
Véronique Mottier 2004. „Feminism and Gender Theory: The Return of the State“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Gerald F. Gaus
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004