Celebration and Suppression : The Strategic Uses of Identity by the Lesbian and Gay Movement 1

  title={Celebration and Suppression : The Strategic Uses of Identity by the Lesbian and Gay Movement 1},
  author={Mary E. Bernstein},
Critics of identity politics decry the celebration of difference within identity movements, yet many activists underscore their similarities to, rather than differences from, the majority. This article develops the idea of “identity deployment” as a form of strategic collective action. Thus one can ask under what political conditions are identities that celebrate or suppress differences deployed strategically. A comparison of strategies used in four lesbian and gay rights campaigns shows that… CONTINUE READING


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