By Lauren Swayne Barthold
This ebook attracts at the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer to notify a feminist standpoint of social identities. Lauren Swayne Barthold strikes past solutions that both guard the target nature of identities or brush off their value altogether. construction at the paintings of either hermeneutic and non-hermeneutic feminist theorists of identification, she asserts the relevance of ideas like horizon, coherence, discussion, play, software, and pageant for constructing a conception of id. This quantity argues that as intersubjective interpretations, social identities are very important methods of fostering that means and reference to others. Barthold additionally demonstrates how a hermeneutic method of social identities provides reviews of and resistance to identity-based oppression.
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Extra resources for A Hermeneutic Approach to Gender and Other Social Identities
The crucial difference between Haslanger’s and Butler’s appeal to our “sexed bodies” is in the purpose of their reference. Haslanger takes such a reference as a proof of the existence of a reality and consequently assumes that this reference to reality is in itself epistemically and politically meaningful. , evidence for global warming, definitions of marriage) what it means to function is the very thing that is open to dispute. ” In this instance we can see how the myriad of political debates are not improved by referring to “reality” per se—since those on both sides of this issue in fact maintain that “reality” substantiates their claim.
S. BARTHOLD of naming. One needs to show what objective, fundamental, human independent basis there is for the category of gender or sex, and to show that this basis is not the product of discursive effect … I think we have a good candidate for such a fundamental, human independent basis in the division of labor in biological reproduction. ” Let us take a closer look at her concrete proposal, one that, in agreement with Haslanger, affirms the ubiquity of linguistic mediation without rejecting a HIR, but goes further than Haslanger in providing a concrete example of the objective nature of gender identity.
Similarly, we need to investigate whether it is a good thing that certain identities—whether conceived as visible and/or objective—remain operable in all situations. For example, it would seem as if Alcoff’s analysis has no way of addressing the following questions. Does the fact that one is white color every single knowledge claim one makes? Should it? 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?
A Hermeneutic Approach to Gender and Other Social Identities by Lauren Swayne Barthold