[385] Identity Politics

Completion Date: 12 April 2021
Medium: Paint & Indian ink on MDF
Dimensions: 40 x 22.5 inches

Identity politics, also commonly referred to as the politics of identity or identity-based politics, is a phrase that is widely used in the social sciences and humanities to describe the deployment of the category of identity as a tool to frame political claims, promote political ideologies, or stimulate and orientate social and political action, usually in a larger context of inequality or injustice and with the aim of asserting group distinctiveness and belonging and gaining power and recognition.

Additionally, identity politics refers to tensions and struggles over the right to map and define the contours and fixed “essence” of specific groups.

The phrase has become increasingly common in political anthropology since the second half of the 20th century with the emergence of a wide diversity of social movements, including the women’s movement, the African American civil rights movement, and the gay and lesbian movement, as well as nationalist and postcolonial movements. Central to the practice of identity politics are the notions of sameness and difference, and thus the anthropological study of identity politics involves the study of the politics of difference.

Painted on MDF, this piece has pre-drilled holes in it, so gets screwed directly into the wall.