Week 7.docx

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21 Apr 2012
Department
Course
Week 7
Culture, Identity, the Body, and Community
Conceptualizing Identity
1) The essentialists
From within
Objective radical
Nature
Claim of objectivity
2) The social constructivists/constructionists
Interact with people to understand their identities
Combination between internal and external world, how I construct my
identity and how I react to peoples way of looking at my identity
Internal and external relationship
The meanings we attach to people when we first meet them
Social relations and power
Subjective
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3) Postmodernism/postmodernists
Abandon idea of objectivity ( that identity can be known), but rather
take social constructive nature of identity to the extreme
No objectivity, some groups will give that type of knowledge more
value/ creditbility,
Just because your powerful and can get your ideas in the social world,
does not mean your ideas/ values are any more valuable/ truthful then
theose who are not as powerful as you are
Agency: ability to choose, to think critically, essentially agency refers to
power
Choice and power
We have the choice to choose, to change,
Postmodernist believe you can resist, excerise critical thinking and we have
the power the ability to change something if we choose to do so.
Share ideas
Foucault (1979): Identity and Power
Discipline and Punish (1979)
Talks about a relationship between Power, knowledge and social control
Social control and identity: The panopticon
Prison guards and inmates
Shift in prison tactics
He found that prisons stop torturing prisoners, but rather use a more
powerful method of survillence, was able to maintain social control
Prison guards/ inmates were more humane,
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