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Mistaken Identity by Asad Haider

Mistaken Identity

Mistaken Identity by Asad Haider
May 15, 2018 | 144 Pages
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“A bold, fresh, and radical critique of so-called identity politics, this book deserves a wide reading. Asad Haider proclaims another universality is possible, and it’s probably not what you think.”
–Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
“Asad Haider renews the critique of identity politics for the contemporary Left. This is a fresh and timely book, thoughtful and provocative.”
–Judith Butler, author of Gender Trouble and Frames of War
“A devastating and constructive critique of what is commonly understood as ‘identity politics,’ while still maintaining the centrality race, racism and racist oppression in capitalism.”
–Bill Fletcher, Jr., coauthor of Solidarity Divided and former president of TransAfrica Forum

“Pithy, smart and readable, Mistaken Identity is a wonderful book for our time. Notwithstanding his critique of identity, there is a compelling authenticity to Haider’s voice, making him someone one wants to think with about shaping a left vision today.”
–Wendy Brown, author of States of Injury and Undoing the Demos

“Reviving what has become a deeply unfashionable anti-racist standpoint, Asad Haider indicts the complicity of ‘identity politics’ from the left. This spiky little book shows how opposition might be salvaged from an ocean of pessimism and despair.”
–Paul Gilroy, author of The Black Atlantic and There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack 
“[Haider] constructs a comprehensive and critical dissection of identity politics in his hard-hitting debut … This book is an important contribution to discourses on American politics, race, and social movements.”
Publishers Weekly

“Riveting. Haider moves deftly over difficult terrain. His prose is precise and propulsive. His Marxism is not a mausoleum but a living, breathing thing. And he writes as both a militant and a theorist, one who believes that theory is integral to political struggle and that theoretical rigour has political stakes. The American left has shown signs of life recently, but it has no shortage of enemies. Defeating them will require, among other things, ideas. Haider’s book contributes several. We will need more.”
—Ben Tarnoff, Guardian

“Essential reading for anyone interested in bringing socialist ideas into movements against racism today.”
Socialist Worker

“Asad Haider has written a brief and informed survey and critique of the inherent flaws in identity politics. It convinces the reader through a measured calm, not polemics, and that’s a refreshing change in these troubled times.”
—Christian John Stephens, PopMatters

“For a slim book, Haider’s argument is expansive and philosophically challenging. Although he never overwhelms the reader with unexplained jargon, the range of work he engages with is impressive, including that of Althusser, Judith Butler, Wendy Brown, Paul Gilroy, Stuart Hall, and more. Moving through this material with skill and acumen, Haider sets out to undercut the material and philosophical foundations of identity politics (and the idea of identity itself).”
—Michael Mirer,Public Books

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