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Transformation Now!Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change$
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AnaLouise Keating

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037849

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037849.001.0001

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“I am your other I”

“I am your other I”

Transformational Identity Politics

(p.89) Chapter Three “I am your other I”
Transformation Now!

AnaLouise Keating

University of Illinois Press

This chapter offers an alternative to more conventional versions of identity politics—transformational identity politics. Transformational identity politics represent nonbinary models of identity; differential subjectivities; an expanded, deeply multiplicitous concept of the universal; and relational epistemologies that facilitate the creation of new forms of commonalities. Although identity politics originated in a space of intersectionality that embraced multiple, complex identities, this chapter argues that contemporary uses of identity politics have become too oppositional to effect radical change. However, rather than entirely rejecting identity-based politics and the personalized experiences on which they're based, the chapter redefines identity by anchoring it in a metaphysics of interconnectedness. Through an analysis of Paula Gunn Allen's, Gloria Anzaldúa's, and Audre Lorde's threshold positionings (their creative use of identity politics, as it were), this chapter illustrates some of the forms transformational identity politics can take.

Keywords:   identity politics, transformational identity politics, interconnectedness, threshold positionings, nonbinary models, differential subjectivities, universal, relational epistemologies

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