Simone de Beauvoir and a Global Theory of Feminist Recognition
recognition, in contrast to her ‘transformative’ approach grounded
on parity of social status, to presuppose an individual who seeks
recognition by identifying with ascribed social identifications.
However, while the pursuit of authenticity in this sense seems
applicable to cultural or national groups, and is keenly reflected
in social movements such as German Romanticism (Zurn 2003 : 530), it does not appear to
‘revolutionary’ – the heightened emotion of the bloody sacrifice for the preservation of the true way – over a willingness to face the confused field of the everyday as the principal dimension of political change.
The revolutionary tradition of the past century has shrouded death for a cause in a romantic garb. It is a tradition in which ‘romanticism and revolutionary impulse fused in a cult of action’ … The suicidal student pledge contained the lines: ‘… I may be beheaded, my blood may flow, but the people’s Square will not be lost’. The cult worked