Organizing Across Boundaries: Beyond Identity Politics

Organizing Across Boundaries: Beyond Identity Politics

The politics of group interest has had many worthy successes. Identity politics delivers a lot of psychological, legal, and practical goods. So, after a full generation, it has become a sort of tradition. Still, even its defenders concede that there have been costs as well—that an imbalance has developed between the politics of group assertion and the politics of commonality. But the sweet politics of commonality—what might it look like? What kind of action follows from the desire to overcome the limits of the politics of difference? How may we speak of transcending identity politics—not in the sense of obliterating differences, but in the sense of tempering them with action in behalf of the common good?

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