Politics of Differences
Can mean a lot of things
Sexual orientation, gender, feminism, etc.
Proponents of identity politics fight against a universalist
mode of citizenship that tends to be exclusionary in practice
Different approaches to pluralism
Individualist and rights-based approach
Collective or group rights: humanitarianism
o One example: disability politics Case Study: Robert Latimer
o He euthanized his 12 year old daughter – cognitively disabled
o Cerebral palsy, quadriplegic, functioned at 3-months old, constant
pain, constant dislocated hip, constant surgeries
o “Compassionate homicide”
o Did he do the right thing? Or was he entirely wrong?