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Resisting RealitySocial Construction and Social Critique$
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Sally Haslanger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892631.001.0001

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Gender and Race

Gender and Race

(What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them to Be?1

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(p.221) 7 Gender and Race
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Resisting Reality
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Sally Haslanger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892631.003.0007

This chapter proposes social constructionist accounts of gender and race. The foci of the inquiry—an inquiry aiming to provide resources for feminist and antiracist projects—are the social positions of those marked for privilege or subordination by observed or imagined features assumed to be relevant to reproductive function, or geographical origins. The chapter developes these ideas and propose that other gendered and racialized phenomena are usefully demarcated and explained by reference to these social positions. In doing so, the chapter addresses the concern that attempts to define race or gender are misguided because they either assume a false commonality or marginalize some members of the group in question.

Keywords:   race, color blind, sex, gender, critical social theory, subordination, privilege, oppression, justice, structure, social relations, feminism, feminist philosophy, feminist metaphysics

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