Synopses & Reviews
"At a time when abstract theory is so abundant, Identity Politics
is a welcome breath of fresh air for its use of theory to illuminate movement—building and action.... Phelan's book will be very useful for the feminist movement in the 1990s, helping to locate its politics in a broader framework than the imperative of women working together."
"This is an extremely exciting book. Phelan's argument against constituting unified categories into which concrete differences disappear is very powerfully presented and strikes an important chord within ongoing feminist debates about the need to respect difference versus the need to act in concert. Phelan does not resolve this dilemma, but she elucidates it brilliantly. This book will make a substantial contribution to some major debates in contemporary feminist theory, and in the larger sphere of political theory."
—Kathy E. Ferguson, University of Hawaii at Manoa
About the Author
Shane Phelan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico.