Beyond “identity”

TitleBeyond “identity”
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsBrubaker, R, Cooper, F

Main Argument: Identity means too much (strong), too little (weak), or nothing at all (ambiguity). The prevailing constructivist stance on identity – to avoid essentialism by stipulating that identities are constructed, fluid, and multiple – leaves us without a rationale for talking about identities at all and ill-equipped to examine the ‘hard’ dynamics and essentialist claims of contemporary identity politics.
Category of practice vs. category of analysis.
To criticize ‘identity’ in social analysis is not to blind ourselves to particularity or adhere to imagined universalism.