Being Assessed as a Whole Person in an Age of Identity Politics

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* Article: Corfield, P. (2021). Being Assessed as a Whole Person: A Critique of Identity Politics. Academia Letters, Article 101. Open Access — Distributed under CC BY 4.0



"Even in the most conformist cultures, people are not all the same. The differentials of age, backgrounds, wealth, health, intelligence, aptitudes, beliefs, marital histories, work experiences, and personalities (etc) leave different traces. In other words, many people frequently develop and enjoy a range of many overlapping identities. Some of these are more important at some points in a lifetime than are others .And, indeed, some identities might seem to clash with others. ... Identities are actually so intricate and simultaneously so personal that any cultural politics based upon stereotypical assumptions is offensive to the individuals involved. It’s annoying to be told what one is likely to think ‘as a woman’. It’s equally infuriating to be told that one is intrinsically and automatically a racist oppressor because of one’s light skin colour. That assertion leaves no scope for moral growth and change. White people in many societies may, for example, be initially unaware of their ethnic privileges and may share inherited prejudices about their fellow humans."