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Identity Politics

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Identity politics is the political activity and theories rooted in social justice for marginalized, oppressed, or disadvantaged social groups. Throughout the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st century, there has been increased politicization of identity. Thus, it is important to understand why identity politics has become one of the core issues of identity after almost 60 years. What follows is a broad overview of the concept, its history, the major positions of its proponents and opponents, and a projection of ...

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