Identity Politics and the Contemporary English Left I: Corbyn and the Labour Party


Harnessing Chaos

In a recent blog post, Marika Rose provides a particularly helpful and (for me, at least) agreeable summary of some of the problems surrounding critiques of ‘identity politics’ on the Left:

For a good few years now, ‘the left’ has been repeatedly returning to arguments about ‘identity politics’ – whether it’s a proper concern for left political debate and struggle, whether it’s compatible with an analysis of class, whether it’s a distraction, or liberal, or ‘sour-faced’ etc etc. But it seems like these conversations often assume that everybody know what we’re talking about when we talk about ‘identity politics’. I don’t think that’s the case – or, better, I think that often critiques or dismissals of ‘identity politics’ are doing two quite different things, although sometimes they’re both happening at the same time and are not easy to disentangle from one another.

Sometimes critiques of identity politics are just…

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