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Identities and Freedom


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Introduction Chapter 1. Who are We? Modern Identities Between Taylor and Foucault Chapter 2. Home and Identity: In Memory of Iris Marion Young Chapter 3. Global Feminism and Transformative Identity Politics Chapter 4. Transforming Women Chapter 5. Feminism and the Islamic Revival: Freedom as a Practice of Belonging Conclusion References

About the Author

Allison Weir is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Gender Studies in the Doctoral Program in Political and Social Thought at the University of Western Sydney, and is a member of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Sacrificial Logics: Feminist Theory and the Critique of Identity.


"Weir breaks new ground, arguing for freedom as belonging: a form of freedom that acknowledges the discipline and category ascription that shape our identities as well as our elective and transformative practices, even those of subordination." --Hypatia "Allison Weir's Identities and Freedom is an important book. It introduces a new direction in contemporary discussions around identity, a direction that is crucially necessary.... Weir has taken the very important discussion about identities and freedom into new territory. Because this is so, this book is a must-read for anyone who wishes to participate in the ongoing conversation about what we mean when we identify ourselves and others through socially shared labels."--Linda Nicholson, Social Theory and Practice "[This book] is ambitious in scope and its insights are manifold.... [I]t is profoundly engaging and provocative -- it is a book that all feminist philosophers, and many others concerned with questions concerning identity, freedom, power, and connection should read."--Sonia Kruks, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "This is a terrific book, one that stakes out an original and distinctive position in some well-worn debates, and that brings together diverse bodies of theory in an insightful and productive way. It is a real gem. It offers substantial new insights into how feminist theorists can go on in the wake of the relentless critique of the notion of identity. The book will make a significant contribution to ongoing debates in feminist theory over the vexed question of identity -- a question that is absolutely central to feminist theory, and has been so for at least the last twenty years."--Amy Allen, Department of Philosophy, Dartmouth College "This book makes great contributions to the feminist literature by reconceptualizing IDENTITY in terms of connectedness and FREEDOM in terms of practices of belonging. Through a fascinating and innovative synthesis of Michel Foucault and Charles Taylor, Weir's communitarian approach develops new arguments for the need to cultivate resistant identities and resistant communities. This impressive book is full of original ideas masterfully articulated in critical engagements with leading feminist scholars such as Saba Mahmood, Cynthia Willett, Iris Young, and Linda Zerilli. This provocative book is a must read for anyone interested in contemporary discussions of freedom, resistance, identity, and community."--Jose Medina, Department of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

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