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Revista Mal Estar e Subjetividade

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VASCONCELOS, Michele de Freitas Faria de; ZAGO, Luiz Felipe; MACHADO, Dagoberto de Oliveira  and  ROSS, Charles Roberto. The happy limbo of non-identity: tensions and implications. Rev. Mal-Estar Subj. [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.3, pp. 1217-1264. ISSN 1518-6148.

This article consists of reflections about concepts, theories, epistemologies and identity politics. The goal is to discuss how the concept of identity is being used in such polices, from our inser-tions/implications academic, political and affective. For that, we used narratives and scenes ana-lyzers that we have experienced in some areas of our academic, professional and militant action within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement (LGBT), as well as in the antima-nicomial movement. In these spaces, the concept of identity is often used as having what can be called a "political productivity". For us, it is important to analyze the primacy of identity as an in-strument for thinking, production of knowledge and political struggle. When this word is used, which enunciations make it possible? When one operates with the concept of identity, or even of identification, which limits are imposed, which rigidities and which capture of senses occur? We wonder if the cultural/sexual/racial identities do really face the globalization and the homogeniza-tion of the cultural and existential territories, or if the waves of identity claims of the so called "minorities" would be poorly placed as a response, indicating that is exactly the identity reference that should be discussed. We try to draw paths for a new policy: we underline with which policy we want to articulate and from which policy we try to be different. The challenge here is to think about the limits for the use and centrality of the concept of identity for both social movements and the construction of public policies.

Keywords : Identity; identity policies; policies of subjectivation; social movements; public policy.

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