chapter  9
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Beyond the Recognition and Re-distribution Dichotomy: Intersectionality and Stratification

In particular, this had to do with the important role identity politics movements have played in a growing number of social fields – gender, race, indigenous people, sexuality and disability, to name but a few. Social and political theorists, such as Charles Taylor (1992) and Michael Walzer (1992), have argued that the need for recognition is one of the driving forces behind nationalist and other identity (or ‘subaltern’) political movements. Taylor (1992: 32) claims that the increased significance of the politics of recognition in the public sphere is an outcome of the growing importance of two supposedly contradictory assumptions – relating on the one hand to human rights and the assumption that everyone is entitled to universal dignity and equal respect, and on the other hand to individuation, which draws attention to the different unique identities of different individuals and groups.