Unformatted text preview: 5)? Thus the point is not that all whites recognize
the lie of their privilege, but that enough whites do so, and act out their rejection of that lie, to disrupt the "white club's" ability to enforce its supremacy. It is easy to
sympathize with this analysis, at least up to a point. The postwar black movement, which in the US context at least served as the point of origin for all the "new social
movements" and the much-reviled "politics of identity," taught the valuable lesson that politics went "all the way down." That is, meaningful efforts to achieve greater
social justice could not tolerate a public/private, or a collective/individual distinction. Trying to change society meant trying to change one's own life. The formula "the
personal is political," commonly associated with feminism, had its early origins among the militants of the civil rights movement (Evans 1980). The problems come
when deeper theoretical and practical problems are raised. Despite their explicit adherence to a "social construction" mo...
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