Identity Politics

Identity politics are political arguments that focus upon the self-interest and perspectives of self-identified social interest groups and ways in which people's politics may be shaped by aspects of their identity through race, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation or traditional dominance. Not all members of any given group are necessarily involved in identity politics. The practice has probably a long existence; but the explicit term and movements linked to it really came into being during the latter part of the 20th century. It can most notably be found in class movements, feminist movements, gay and lesbian movements, disability movements, ethnic movements and post colonial movements. But wherever it is found it is also open to wide debate and critique. Minority influence is a central component of identity politics. Minority influence is a form of social influence which takes place when a majority is being influenced to accept the beliefs or behavior of a minority. Unlike other forms of influence this usually involves a personal shift in private opinion. This personal shift in opinion is called conversion. This type of influence is most likely to take place if the minority is consistent, flexible and appealing to the majority.

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Examples of Identity Politics
... election, 2009, was seen as an establishment of identity as reflected against the "other" minorities ... immigration with security or immigration with unemployment, to linking Islam with a threat to identity." Adultism African nationalism (Pan-Africanism) American Indian movement (Pan-In ...
Yehouda Shenhav - Ideas - Postcolonialism and Multiculturalism
... From a postcolonial and epistemological perspective obligating identity politics, Shenhav believes the Israeli society must become multi-ethnic and therefore multi-cultura ... For Shenhav, identity is a dynamic, constructivist, random and non-primordial concept, and seeks to deconstruct the social and cultural constructions (which he ... between the way in which he negates a substantive identity and criticizes the formation of a Hegemonic identity, while encouraging the formation of another substantive identity he wants to ...
Combahee River Collective - Developing The Statement - Process of Writing The Statement - Political, Social and Cultural Impact of The Statement
... problems such as racial and sexual discrimination, homophobia and classist politics "multifaceted and interconnected" In their Encyclopedia of Government and Politics, M ... refer to the CRCS as "what is often seen as the definitive statement regarding the importance of identity politics, particularly for people whose identity is marked by multiple ... of the Black feminists in the Combahee River Collective (with) defin(ing) the nature of identity politics in the 1980s and 1990s, and challeng(ing) earlier "essentialist" appeals and doctrines..." ...
Islamophobia - Origins and Causes - Identity Politics
... been suggested that Islamophobia is closely related to identity politics, and gives its adherents the perceived benefit of constructing their identity in opposition to a negative, essentialized image ... occurs in the form of self-righteousness, assignment of blame and key identity markers ... leads to the homogenisation of cultural identity and the ascription of particular values and proclivities onto minority cultural groups ...
LGBT Movements In The United States - Identity Politics
... Groups who engage in identity politics include not only those organized around sexual and gender identities, but also around such identities as race, ethnicity ... The most important and revolutionary element of identity politics is the demand that oppressed groups be recognized not in spite of their differences but specifically because of their differences ... Identity politics was an important, and perhaps necessary, precursor to the current emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity in American society ...

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