Feminist Standpoint Theory vs. the Identitarian Ideology of the New Right: A Critical Comparison

Social Theory and Practice (forthcoming)
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Abstract

The term ‘identity politics’ is used to refer to a wide range of political movements. In this paper, we look at the theoretical ideas underpinning two strongly, mutually opposed forms of identity politics, and identify some crucial differences between them. We critically compare the identitarian ideology of the New Right with feminist standpoint theory, focusing on two issues: relativism and essentialism. In carrying out this critical comparison we illuminate under-theorized aspects of both new right identitarianism and standpoint theory; demonstrate how the two are distinct; reveal the depth and pervasiveness of the new right ideology’s flaws; and show what a coherent left-wing identity politics could look like.

Author Profiles

Johannes Steizinger
McMaster University
Natalie Alana Ashton
University of Stirling

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