‘The Great Scattering’: How Identity Panic Took Root in the Void Once Occupied by Family Life

“Wherever one stands in matters of the “culture wars” is immaterial. The plain fact is that the relative stability of yesterday’s familial identity could not help but answer the question at the heart of identity politics—Who am I?—in ways that now eludes many. The diminution and rupture of the family and the rise of identity politics cannot be understood apart from one another.”  Mary Eberstadt, “‘The Great Scattering’: How Identity Panic Took Root in the Void Once Occupied by Family Life,” Quillette, 8/27/2019.

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