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Identity ComplexMaking the Case for Multiplicity$
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Michael Hames-García

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816649853

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816649853.001.0001

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Who Are Our Own People?

Who Are Our Own People?

(p.1) 1 Who Are Our Own People?
Identity Complex

Michael Hames-García

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter outlines the theory of multiplicity that can account for how social identities take shape through processes of racial and gender formation, mutually constituting one another. These expansive social identities include some elaborations of feminist, queer, black, and women-of-color identities, as well as antiracist and ally identities. The theory analyzes the necessary social interdependence of identities which enables the creation of deep relations of solidarity across differences. This chapter presents the question, “Who are our own people?” In answering the question, the text seeks to understand the possibilities for solidarity, coalition, and sustainability of political struggle against oppression and domination in all forms through the use of multiplicity and mutual constitution. This notion leads to the rejection of the derisive characterizations of “identity politics”, either as the stifling of difference or as “Balkanizing”, the fragmentation of a region into states that are hostile to each other.

Keywords:   multiplicity, social identities, gender formation, social interdependence, solidarity, coalition, sustainability, mutual constitution, identity politics, Balkanizing

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