A Hermeneutic Approach to Gender and Other Social Identities

  • Lauren Swayne Barthold

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 155-169

About this book


 This book draws on the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer to inform a feminist perspective of social identities. Lauren Swayne Barthold moves beyond answers that either defend the objective nature of identities or dismiss their significance altogether. Building on the work of both hermeneutic and non-hermeneutic feminist theorists of identity, she asserts the relevance of concepts like horizon, coherence, dialogue, play, application, and festival for developing a theory of identity. This volume argues that as intersubjective interpretations, social identities are vital ways of fostering meaning and connection with others. Barthold also demonstrates how a hermeneutic approach to social identities can provide critiques of and resistance to identity-based oppression.  


Hermeneutics Feminist theory Social identities Gender Race Ritual Georgia Warnke Linda Martin Alcoff Hans-Georg Gadamer Horizon

Authors and affiliations

  • Lauren Swayne Barthold
    • 1
  1. 1.Gordon CollegeWenhamUSA

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