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dc.contributor.authorBlankschaen, Kurt Martinen_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-09T14:32:39Z
dc.date.available2020-11-09T14:32:39Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/41667
dc.description.abstractOppression makes certain social identities morally significant. I argue in my dissertation that this relevance manifests in disparate ways and that we should develop a theory about three ontologically distinct aspects of a social identity in order to explain these differences. The way institutions define people in terms of race, gender, or religion matters because that classification plays a role in how individuals can or cannot participate in society. But oppression is not only a series of structural barriers: it also fosters demeaning stereotypes that distort the way we self-identify or how we form beliefs about others. Oppression can warp interpersonal relationships as well because it enables others to impose an oppressive social identity on to us. This interpersonal aspect of oppression depends on specific interactions because we can present distinct “public identities” across different social circles: someone can come out as LGBT at home, but not at work; to friends, but not family. I use each of these aspects of a social identity to illuminate cases where oppression creates similar experiences of subordination among group members that non-members do not experience. These shared experiences can constitute a special, if undesirable, relationship among the oppressed that generates a special obligation for the oppressed to resist their own oppression.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherBoston Universityen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.subjectFeminismen_US
dc.subjectLGBTen_US
dc.subjectOpressionen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophy of raceen_US
dc.subjectSocial identitiesen_US
dc.titleSocial identities and special obligationsen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
dc.description.embargo2023-02-28
etd.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
etd.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
etd.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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