Identity – Welcoming and Becoming

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June 30, 2014

“Although I believe identity politics ‘produces limited but real empowerment for its participants,’ it is important to note that it contains significant problems: first, its essentialist tendency; second, its fixed “we-they” binary position; third, its homogenization of diverse social oppression; fourth, its simplification of the complexity and paradox of being privileged and unprivileged; and fifth its ruling out of intersectional space of diverse forms of oppression in reality,” writes Namsoon Kang in “Cosmopolitan Theology: Reconstituting Planetary Hospitality, Neighbor-Love, and Solidarity in an Uneven World”. We explore the contours of this compelling mode of being.

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