By Lauren Swayne Barthold
This ebook attracts at the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer to notify a feminist point of view of social identities. Lauren Swayne Barthold strikes past solutions that both protect the target nature of identities or brush aside their importance altogether. development at the paintings of either hermeneutic and non-hermeneutic feminist theorists of id, she asserts the relevance of strategies like horizon, coherence, discussion, play, software, and competition for constructing a idea of identification. This quantity argues that as intersubjective interpretations, social identities are important methods of fostering which means and reference to others. Barthold additionally demonstrates how a hermeneutic method of social identities grants opinions of and resistance to identity-based oppression.
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She wonders not only whether there may be non-normative, non-oppressive descriptions but whether in fact there are such descriptions that actually benefit women. Believing that there are, Alcoff aims to recover a definition of “women” that would bolster political possibilities and make strides toward ending oppression. As she (echoing Haslanger) puts it, she wants to change the question from asking about “what we are” to “what we want to be” (175). While I, too, applaud the positive tenor of the question and concur that the progressive and hopeful nature of such a question seems promising, I conclude that Alcoff’s own proposal for realism is not the best perspective from which to pursue answers to these questions, especially given her hermeneutic commitments.
Is there any way one can or should know the world apart from one’s whiteness? Should one seek to privilege another identity in certain situations, to diminish the effects of one’s whiteness? Should one be seen as white by others in every situation? Why or why not? In other words, she does not explain adequately whether, and indeed why, each of one’s visible identities should remain operative in every situation. Although I affirm her argument that identities are epistemically and politically viable, she has left unaddressed the question of how one is to evaluate the legitimacy of specific identities in specific contexts.
5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 41 directly, voices a parallel criticism of Alcoff’s identity theory when she accuses Alcoff of construing identity in a fixed and rigid manner that occludes an intersectional analysis of identity (see Alcoff 2009 for Alcoff’s reply to Chanter). The fluidity of horizons distinguishes a hermeneutic account of identity from feminist standpoint theory which has been criticized for offering too static and reified a notion of identity, one that ultimately affirms an incommensurability of identities.
A Hermeneutic Approach to Gender and Other Social Identities by Lauren Swayne Barthold