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Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Privilege

Sonia Kruks
Hypatia
Vol. 20, No. 1 (Winter, 2005), pp. 178-205
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810848
Page Count: 28
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Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Privilege
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Abstract

How should socially privileged white feminists (and others) address their privilege? Often, individuals are urged to overcome their own personal racism through a politics of self-transformation. The paper argues that this strategy may be problematic, since it rests on an over-autonomous conception of the self. The paper turns to Simone de Beauvoir for an alternative account of the self, as "situated," and explores what this means for a politics of privilege.

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