All Academic, Inc. Research Logo

Info/CitationFAQResearchAll Academic Inc.
Document

Recognition and the Other
Unformatted Document Text:  Recognition and the Other, p. 5 problems with Fraser’s binary model, 1 it does illuminate the ethico-political significance of recognition. And yet, the question of recognition contains a dilemma, the center of which is the extent to which recognition always already contains misrecognition. The problem with recognition is hidden in the name -- re-cognition, to re-know -- that is "The action or fact of perceiving that some thing, person, etc., is the same as one previously known; the mental process of identifying what has been known before; the fact of being thus known or identified” (OED). 2 Recognition is thus related to possession, to some form of colonialization. Recognizing involves making other same, making the other mine. Recognition thus enables us to see only what we have seen before -- therefore all recognition will to some degree be misrecognition. This is where alterity comes in. For to Levinas and Buber, the other is always unutterably unknowable, not reducible to same. "Pluralism implies a radical alterity of the other, whom I do not simply conceive by relation to myself, but confront out of my egoism. The alterity of the Other is in him and is not relative to me; it reveals itself. But I have access to it proceeding from myself and not through a comparison of myself with the other (1969, 121)." Identity Recognition is thus inextricably linked to identification -- knowing as analogous to identifying, naming, categorizing, placing and thereby claiming. To identify is to possess. Some 1 The model, for example, creates a dualistic hierarchy that privileges materialism over symbolic and discursive interaction. Further, it falsely separates recognition/symbolic interaction and redistribution/materiality in the social realm -- as can be seen most obviously in various forms of discrimination and violence. 2 Curiously, another historical definition of recognition has to do with the recolonization of land. OED:"1. Sc. Law. The resumption of lands by a feudal superior for any reason, in later use spec.on account of unwarranted alienation by the vassal. Obs." There is a provocative connection between the other and (home)land or family, which I will explore further.

Authors: Lipari, Lisbeth.
first   previous   Page 5 of 17   next   last



background image
Recognition and the Other, p. 5
problems with Fraser’s binary model,
1
it does illuminate the ethico-political significance of
recognition.
And yet, the question of recognition contains a dilemma, the center of which is the extent
to which recognition always already contains misrecognition. The problem with recognition is
hidden in the name -- re-cognition, to re-know -- that is "The action or fact of perceiving that
some thing, person, etc., is the same as one previously known; the mental process of identifying
what has been known before; the fact of being thus known or identified” (OED).
2
Recognition is
thus related to possession, to some form of colonialization. Recognizing involves making other
same, making the other mine. Recognition thus enables us to see only what we have seen before
-- therefore all recognition will to some degree be misrecognition. This is where alterity comes
in. For to Levinas and Buber, the other is always unutterably unknowable, not reducible to same.
"Pluralism implies a radical alterity of the other, whom I do not simply conceive by
relation to myself, but confront out of my egoism. The alterity of the Other is in him and
is not relative to me; it reveals itself. But I have access to it proceeding from myself and
not through a comparison of myself with the other (1969, 121)."
Identity
Recognition is thus inextricably linked to identification -- knowing as analogous to
identifying, naming, categorizing, placing and thereby claiming. To identify is to possess. Some
1
The model, for example, creates a dualistic hierarchy that privileges materialism over symbolic and
discursive interaction. Further, it falsely separates recognition/symbolic interaction and
redistribution/materiality in the social realm -- as can be seen most obviously in various forms of
discrimination and violence.
2
Curiously, another historical definition of recognition has to do with the recolonization of land. OED:"1.
Sc. Law. The resumption of lands by a feudal superior for any reason, in later use spec.on account of
unwarranted alienation by the vassal. Obs." There is a provocative connection between the other and
(home)land or family, which I will explore further.


Convention
All Academic Convention can solve the abstract management needs for any association's annual meeting.
Submission - Custom fields, multiple submission types, tracks, audio visual, multiple upload formats, automatic conversion to pdf.
Review - Peer Review, Bulk reviewer assignment, bulk emails, ranking, z-score statistics, and multiple worksheets!
Reports - Many standard and custom reports generated while you wait. Print programs with participant indexes, event grids, and more!
Scheduling - Flexible and convenient grid scheduling within rooms and buildings. Conflict checking and advanced filtering.
Communication - Bulk email tools to help your administrators send reminders and responses. Use form letters, a message center, and much more!
Management - Search tools, duplicate people management, editing tools, submission transfers, many tools to manage a variety of conference management headaches!
Click here for more information.

first   previous   Page 5 of 17   next   last

©2012 All Academic, Inc.