Introduction. Alterity Politics: Toward an Ethics without Lack
As Aronowitz argues, part of its strength lies in the fact that "identity
politics narrows the purview of emancipation" I"Situation," 48) and sets
out realistically accomplishable goals that are particular to groups of com-
mon interest. Therein, however, lies the problem. Aronowitz continues:
"From human freedom, [identity politics] dedicates itself to 'our' freedom.
This shift has had devastating consequences for any kind of solidarity
politics whose presupposition is the underlying community of interest of
all oppressed and marginalized groups" (48).
For a critique of liberal multiculturalism's identity politics, see Giroux's
"Post-Colonial Ruptures," 13-18.
3 In "The Politics of Identity in Late Modern Society" Goldstein and Rayner
write, "Identity-claims depend on others for their viability but this fact is
rarely acknowledged by the claimants, for to do so would be to acknowl-
edge dependency, and this is precisely what the claimants want to deny.
This helps explain why the politics of identity fosters grievances that are
so difficult to resolve" 1371).