1st Edition

Sacrificial Logics Feminist Theory and the Critique of Identity

By Allison Weir Copyright 1996

    Allison Weir sets forth a concept of identity which depends on an acceptance of nonidentity, difference, and connection to others, defined as a capacity to participate in a social world. Weir argues that the equation of identity with repression and domination links "relational feminists" like Nancy Chodorow, who equate self-identity with the repression of connection to others, and poststructuralist feminists like Judith Butler, who view any identity as a repression of nonidentity or difference. Weir traces this conception of identity as domination back to Simone de Beauvoir's theories of the relation of self and other.

    Introduction; Chapter 1 Self-Identity as Domination; Chapter 2 Separation as Domination; Chapter 3 The Paradox of the Self; Chapter 4 The Subversion of Identity; Chapter 5 From the Subversion of Identity to the Subversion of Solidarity?; Chapter 6 ‘Resistance Must Finally Be Articulated in a Voice Which Can Be Heard’; Chapter 7 Toward a Theory of Self and Social Identity; conclusion Conclusion;


    Allison Weir

    "Weir's thesis is elegant and compelling. . .what is fascinating is that we can easily extend Weir's insights to many other theorists who are equally afflicted with the desire to cling on to a sacrificial logic." -- Mechthild Nagel, Mankato State University