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Race and the Politics of Recognition
Race and the Politics of Recognition
Christopher Chen
Introduction: The Recognition Paradigm and Its Critics

What Canadian political philosopher Charles Taylor has called a ‘politics of recognition’ (1994: 70) continues to shape our understanding of contemporary social movements organized around race, indigeneity, religion, gender, and sexuality. Offering an interpretive framework for understanding political demands for group-differentiated rights, protections, and political representation, the ‘politics of recognition’ is increasingly as contested as it is influential. A theory of both social justice and social harm elaborated by avowed inheritors of Frankfurt School critical theory, this theory long ago gave rise to a portable ‘recognition paradigm’ (Fraser, 2003: 13), in feminist critical theorist Nancy Fraser’s words, that cuts across disciplines. From ...

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