Fractured Race, Class, Gender and the Hatred of Identity Politics

Michael Richmond (Author); Alex Charnley (Author)


Publisher: Pluto Press
Format: Book
Binding: pb
Pages: 280
Released: September 20, 2022
ISBN-13: 9780745346564

Identity politics has been a smear for decades. The right use it to lament the loss of free speech, while many on the left bemoan it as the end of class politics. It has been used to dismiss movements such as Black Lives Matter and brought seemingly progressive people into the path of fascism. It has emboldened the march of the transphobes.

In Fractured, the authors move away from the ahistorical temper of the identity politics debate. Instead of crudely categorizing race, gender and sexuality as fixed and immutable identities, or forcing them under the banner of "diversity," they argue that these categories are inseparable from the history of class struggle under British and US capitalism.

Through an appraisal of pivotal historical moments in Britain and the US, including Black feminist and anticolonial traditions on both sides of the Atlantic, the authors question the assumptions of the culture war, offering a refreshing and reasoned way to understand how historical class struggles were formed and continue to determine the possibilities for new forms of solidarity in an increasingly dangerous world.

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