Identity politics is the basing of one's political and sociological viewpoint by claiming membership in some "oppressed" group and then constructing most of one's lifestyle and identity around their supposed membership in this group. Identity politics is closely related to political correctness and multiculturalism, and in some cases to postmodernism.
Membership in an "oppressed group" has taken the place of the proletariat in modern Marxist thought. "White privilege," for example, is an assertion of authority by an "oppressor ruling class" under the theory.
- Pollak, Joel B. (August 5, 2018). You Can’t Use the Term ‘Identity Politics,’ Says Kamala Harris. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 5, 2018.