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Identity / Difference Politics

How Difference is Produced, and Why It Matters

Theories of liberal multiculturalism have come to dominate debates about identity and difference politics in contemporary western political theory. Identity/Difference Politics offers a nuanced critique of these debates by switching the focus from culture to power. Issues of power are examined through accounts of meaning-making - those processes through which meanings of difference are produced, organized, and regulated. Other forms of identity/difference such as whiteness, ableism, gender, and heteronormativity establish the analytic and normative value of Dhamoon's alternative theoretical framework, and reveal that an exclusive preoccupation with culture can dissolve into essentialism - which too often provides a rationale for state regulation of groups deemed to be too different.

About the Author

Rita Dhamoon teaches in the Department of Philosophy & Political Science at the University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia. She is co-editor of Sexual Justice/Cultural Justice: Critical Perspectives in Political Theory and Practice.


"Dhamoon forces us to rethink the concept of culture .. in liberal multiculturalism through a subtle, thorough engagement with its dominant thinkers. She clarifies and expands the scope of radical critiques of this field .. outlining the contours of other ways of understanding identity and difference that point towards new, more progressive understandings of democracy, subjectivity, and citizenship."—Richard Day, author of Multiculturalism and the History of Canadian Diversity

"In her innovative critique of political theory debates over multiculturalism and difference in Canada and the United States, Dhamoon develops an 'account of meaning—making' that attunes us to the complexities of power as it interfaces with cultural patterns. With new and compelling case studies, she moves us out of the linguistic focus of Kymlicka and Taylor in Canada and the religious/ethnic focus of many American tracts."—Hawley Fogg—Davis, author of The Ethics of Transracial Adoption

"Debates over multiculturalism in contemporary political theory have been dominated by a focus on culture—-its nature, meaning, and value. In Rita Dhamoon's excellent new book, she provides a refreshing challenge to this conceptual orthodoxy. She insists that we shift our focus from culture to power and, as a result, is able to ask some hard questions about the nature and practice of liberal multiculturalism. Dhamoon's book is an insightful and refreshing tonic, sure to provoke—-in a reflective and productive way—-defenders and critics of multiculturalism alike."—Duncan Ivison, author of Postcolonial Liberalism and Rights

UBC Press

9780774815918 : identity-difference-politics-dhamoon
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