Endgame Identity? Mapping the New Left Roots of Identity Politics

  title={Endgame Identity? Mapping the New Left Roots of Identity Politics},
  author={Grant Farred},
  journal={New Literary History},
  pages={627 - 648}
  • Grant Farred
  • Published 1 November 2000
  • Political Science
  • New Literary History
If all social movements have genealogies, then the origins of identity politics is easier to trace than most. The movement to define the contemporary public self (or, to put it differently, the self in public) owes more to the emergence of the New Left than to any other political movement. While identity politics is not the only heir of the New Left, it is certainly one of the New Left's more politically endowed progeny, a significant beneficiary of the "Ban the Bomb" marches in late-1950s… 
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