"Identity Politics" Essays and Research Papers

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Identity Politics

key concepts identity politics/the politics of identity The utopian vision of ‘sisterhood’ – the collecting together of all women under the same political banner – was in part responsible for the burgeoning interest in feminism and the emergent Women’s Liberation Movement. It was inevitably going to come under fire once more women who weren’t white, middle class, heterosexual and university-educated became involved, and the differences between women came to be seen as of equal importance...

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The colonial identity in the Remains of the day

The colonial identity in the Remains Of The Day and In the Castle of My Skin. While Remains of the Day and In the Castle of My Skin are presented in diametrically-opposed perspectives of colonizer and colonized respectively, an assessment of the novels would evince that the application of black-and-white dichotomies in understanding the colonial enterprise may not be effective. Despite the fact that he is English, both Stevens and the indigenous Barbadian community are subordinated within the...

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reading the short story “Diaspora” by Joanne Hyppolite, I got a vivid understanding of how diaspora can have an effect on one’s identity. Over the past month we have studied many theories and concepts concerning race, gender, and politics. There are three theories that capture the essence of Joanne Hyppolite’s worldview as a Haitian growing up in America: intersectionality, identity, and diaspora. Individuals oftentimes experience the theory of Intersectionality firsthand. For example, being raised in...

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Position paper Linguistic diversity creates a sense of cultural identity in an increasingly individualistic world and should therefore be preserved Introduction: In many ways, language provides a sense of identity. We establish our identity through our use of language. Language is so deeply embedded in culture that cultural identity is defined to a great extent in terms of language. In a more and more globalizing and individualistic world, this means...

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Contemporary Artwork Comprison

life suffering, which torments the women’s both physical and psychological. In this essay, I will focus on discussing these two artworks in relation to the themes of identity and body. “Fringes” by Rebecca Belmore is effectively “a life-sized photograph presented as a light box transparency”, allows the viewer explore the special identity of this thought-provoking photo. Taking a close view at it, the photograph portrays a naked woman lying horizontally on her side on the white pure sheet, the same...

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role of youth in multiculturalism

normative term, it refers to ideologies or policies that promote this diversity or its institutionalization; in this sense, multiculturalism is a society “at ease with the rich tapestry of human life and the desire amongst people to express their own identity in the manner they see fit.”[2] Such ideologies or policies vary widely, including country to country,[3] ranging from the advocacy of equal respect to the various cultures in a society, to a policy of promoting the maintenance of cultural diversity...

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Gender Analysis

family policies. In: Melby, Ravn and Wetterberg, Gender equality and welfare politics in Scandinavia. The limits of political ambition? Bristol: The policy Press, pp 119-134 (15 pages) Arnfred, Signe. 2011. Women, Men and Gender Equality in Development Aid – Trajectories, Contestations. In: Kvinder og Kønforskning, pp 46-56 (10 pages) Blystad, Astrid and Moland, Karen Marie. 2009. Counting on Mother’s Love. The Global Politics of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in Eastern Africa. In:...

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The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: An Investment Itself?

“Race is a cultural construct, but one with deadly social causes and consequences” (Lipsitz 2). In his book, The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit From Identity Politics, George Lipsitz argues that it is in the best interest of white Americans to “invest in whiteness, to remain true to an identity that provides them with resources, power, and opportunity (Lipsitz vii).” Lipsitz’s book gives a substantial amount of evidence to show America’s investment in whiteness with historical...

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A Multicultural Celebration

Australia’s multicultural history and our search for a national identity. Whilst I agree with the picture that he paints of the constant cycle of opposition to the various waves of migrant types throughout our history, and how he shows that despite this, multiculturalism flourishes, I disagree with how Murray tries to tie this with our search for a national identity. In this article the Australian citizen who searches for a national identity is silenced by Murray’s dismissal of the search as, ‘navel-gazing’...

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The African Diaspora

party: The Black Panthers. The Black Panthers became one of the defining images of Black political movement and evolved the notion of Nationalism and politics within a 16 year span. Although they later adopted a more wide variety of issues, including women’s rights, the initial formation of the party was for the furthering of Black political identity and agency. The Harlem Renaissance was a very different type of movement. Also known as the “New Negro Movement,” the Harlem Renaissance was a “golden...

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