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History
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HIST 122
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Amitava Chowdhury

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Semester 2, Week 9
Hist 122
Identity and a Century of Violence
I. Conceptualizing Identity
At home in the World…
Three fundamental questions:
1. Who are we? Individually? Collectively?
2. What should be done? How do we live a good life?
3. How do we know what we know?
Who are we?
o Self-sameness over time
Sense of I-ness
o Personal identity
o Memory: the basis of personal identity John Locke
o Three things comprise identity:
1) Who we are
2) What we know
3) What we have
o The internal and external identity
o Finding our place through negotiation
Between personal and social expectations
To be is to belong
The desire to belong
Group identity
Collective memory
Historical production
Cultural memory and group identity
Selves in the group
The inside and the outside
o Personal and larger group identity
Jacques Derrida
Identity is the mediating factor
Individual and the collective acts simultaneously
Property or a process?
Diminishing fixedness
o Biological origins cant be changed
Identity can never be an immutable property
Forever provisional
A project and a process

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Semester 2, Week 9 Hist 122 Identity and a Century of Violence I. Conceptualizing Identity At home in the World…  Three fundamental questions: 1. Who are we? Individually? Collectively? 2. What should be done? How do we live a good life? 3. How do we know what we know?  Who are we? o Self-sameness over time  Sense of I-ness o Personal identity o Memory: the basis of personal identity – John Locke o Three things comprise identity: 1) Who we are 2) What we know 3) What we have o The internal and external identity o Finding our place through negotiation  Between personal and social expectations To be is to belong  The desire to belong  Group identity  Collective memory  Historical production  Cultural memory and group identity Selves in the group  The inside and the outside o Personal and larger group identity  Jacques Derrida  Identity is the mediating factor  Individual and the collective acts simultaneously Property or a process?  Diminishing fixedness o Biological origins cant be changed  Identity can never be an immutable property  Forever provisional  A project and a process Plurality of Identity  Diachronic identity o Preservation of self-sameness over time  Synchronic identity – essential plurality  Contextual identity o One aspect used at particular time  Normative control and stability of identity What price identity?  The myth of identity loss  Shared identity  Denying choice  Emphasizing singularity  Eruption of violence II. Identity-based Violence Murder by miniaturi
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