Toward Overcoming Identity Politics – A Question of Effectiveness and Responsibility

Olja Marković

Abstract


In this paper I will examine the grounds for the desires of marginalized groups to be recognized, by building on Wendy Brown’s critique of identity politics. In that context I will try to actualize the question of responsibility for the sake of critique and revision of the principles underlying identity politics. I will demonstrate how the subjects use identity politics to seek symbolic and legal recognition, by inscribing pain into the law and creating wounded attachments. I will show how the resistance expressed in this manner is ineffective, because the subjects: 1. are normalized and depoliticized; 2. are deprived of the possibility to take action; 3. linger in the past; 4. deny responsibility. After examining the problematic implications produced in this way, I will point out how empowering resistance can be used to overcome pain, as an alternative to identity politics.

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wounded attachment, identity politics, affirmative resistance, freedom, body, gender, responsibility, Wendy Brown

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i8.103

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