Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship: Towards a by Sally Hines (auth.)

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More problematically, each defended ‘their’ identity against that of ‘others’ in pursuit of political recognition. It is from this juncture that the chapter moves on to consider issues that have been central to gender and sexual Moving for Recognition 35 movements since the 1960s. Here I am concerned with examining the impacts of feminism, sexual politics and trans movements on law and policy. Gender politics Recent autobiographical writing by feminist activists highlights the sexism at play within the Left-based liberation movements of the 1960s (DuPlessis and Snitow, 1998; Rowbotham, 2001; Segal, 2007).

To step back a little, Honneth’s first point of call on the journey from conflict to justice is ‘hurt feelings’ (1995: 1963) – the term used by Honneth to describe emotions such as shame, sadness or anger, which arise Moving for Recognition 41 from social exclusion. In turn, as discussed in Chapter 1, a subject’s self-respect and self-esteem are weakened. Hurt feelings derive from injustice, from a lack of recognition. Honneth proposes that social movements emerge from the transference of individual to collective hurt.

In other words, recognition struggles bring about social justice. As discussed in Chapter 1, Honneth positions the law as one vehicle for enabling social justice. The law chamber is positioned as a site through which recognition is claimed on a journey of moral progress. To step back a little, Honneth’s first point of call on the journey from conflict to justice is ‘hurt feelings’ (1995: 1963) – the term used by Honneth to describe emotions such as shame, sadness or anger, which arise Moving for Recognition 41 from social exclusion.

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