-Essay worth 25% and due Oct 11
The Concept of Identity
-Something that defines who you are
-Values and Beliefs
-Belonging to a certain family
-Identity markers: By birth, acquired (language), Social Product
Can Identity Markers Change?
-Can choose to draw identity makers and change how you are. In this case you can
drop or attempt to gain new markers that we may or may not be happy with.
Sources of Identity
-What makes me, me?
-Collective: Relations with others and groups we belong to
-Social Product: Groups
-Do I need to have an Identity? (Yes, no escape)
-Can I have more than one identity? (Yes, citizenship: Unstable, fluid, phenomenon)
Malleability of Identity
-Essentialism Vs. Constructivism
-Essentialism: No capacity from the people to change their identity, the way things
are, cant be changed
-Constructionism: Not given, not natural, something we make, we construct, social
relations and interactions