Definition of identity politics
- Identity politics took its modern form during the second half of the last century. It emerged as an emancipatory mode of political action and thinking based on the shared experience of injustice by particular groups—notably blacks, women, gays, Latinos and American Indians.
- —Orlando Patterson
- Although the UCLA center's standards promoted rigorous history, they set off a major culture war because of their relentless emphasis on identity politics.
- —Diane Ravitch
- Identity politics is contemporary shorthand for a group's assertion that it is a meaningful group; that it differs significantly from other groups; that its members share a history of injustice and grievance; and that its psychological and political mission is to explore, act out, act on and act up its group identity.
- —Catharine R. Stimpson
- A number of critics have viewed her work through a lens of identity politics, taking her to be some sort of oracle of Muslim womanhood.
- —Lauren Collins