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Identity Before Identity Politics


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Introduction; 1. The politics of identity: race and sex before the twentieth century; 2. Freud and the rise of the psychological self; 3. The culture concept and social identity; 4. Before Black Power: constructing an African American identity; 5. Women's identity/women's politics; Epilogue. Identity politics forty years later: assessing their value.

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Examines the racial and gender social movements of the 1960s in the context of the traditions from which they evolved.

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Linda Nicholson is Susan E. and William P. Stiritz Distinguished Professor of Women's Studies and Professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis.


" original framing of the rise of identity politics. Recommended." - Choice
"Identity Before Identity Politics is a richly detailed and complex text that engages both intellectual and social history, and provides a precise account of how structural and demographic change intersected with evolving ideologies." - Women's Review of Books
"Linda Nicholson's Identity before Identity Politics provides an important historical perspective on the current debates over identity politics." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Linda Alcoff, City University of New York

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