What's wrong with Essentialism?

  title={What's wrong with Essentialism?},
  author={A. Phillips},
  journal={Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory},
  pages={47 - 60}
  • A. Phillips
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory
  • This paper identifies and discusses four distinct meanings of essentialism. The first is the attribution of certain characteristics to everyone subsumed within a particular category: the ‘(all) women are caring and empathetic’, ‘(all) Africans have rhythm’, ‘(all) Asians are community oriented’ syndrome. The second is the attribution of those characteristics to the category, in ways that naturalise or reify what may be socially created or constructed. The third is the invocation of a… CONTINUE READING
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