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How were the "politics of identity" movements similar to earlier civil rights...

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user5007484 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM via web

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How were the "politics of identity" movements similar to earlier civil rights organizations?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM (Answer #1)

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The original question had to be edited.  I think that one similarity shared between the politics of identity and the civil rights organizations is the validation of voice.  Both experiences are rooted in the idea that the prevailing social order failed to acknowledge individual voice.  The politics of identity movements sought to speak for a group of people who were previously silenced.  In much the same way, civil rights organizations operated in the same capacity.  Both paradigms felt that there was something wrong in the social order.  Their expressions were way in which individual voice was authenticated.  At the same time, both experiences sought to empower individual experience into a social frame of reference.  Both the earlier attempts at forging civil rights and the movements that rooted on identity politics took individual experience, established solidarity, and through this, laid the groundwork for social change.  In both experiences, the placing of primacy on individual voice became a critical component in establishing change on a socio- political level.

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