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Linda Martín Alcoff

In: The SAGE Handbook of Identities

Chapter 8: New Epistemologies: Post-Positivist Accounts of Identity

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New Epistemologies: Post-Positivist Accounts of Identity
New epistemologies: Post-positivist accounts of identity

Post-positivist approaches to the formulation of social identities are relatively new developments that were formed in reaction to the inadequacy of poststructuralist and postmodern deconstructions of identity, on the one hand, and the implausibility of Cartesian based modernist accounts of the self, on the other (Moya and Hames-García, 2000). Neither the modernist nor the postmodernist theoretical traditions gives sufficient scope for the role that an individual's particular social identity plays in shaping their subjectivity, experience, or knowledge (Alcoff, 2006; Siebers, 2008). To remedy this, the metaphysics of post-positivist realism has been applied to the realm of identity theory in order to provide a mediated approach to experience and knowledge combined with a modified realism ...

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