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Department
Sociology
Course
Sociology 2234E
Professor
Charles Levine
Semester
Winter

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th Social Psychology – Jan 24 Review from Last Week - distinctions among the self, the self-concept, and 3 kinds of identity - all these concepts are about meaning and meaningfulness - difference between self-concept and identity had to do with reflexivity st - self-concept was 1 order – meanings that are stimulated within the context of interaction, even though you are thinking about yourself - your doing so in interaction - identity was 2 order – occur when you’re thinking to yourself, they are reflections on self- concepts - identity – social, personal and ego identity (3 categories) o social – you reflecting on self-concepts pertaining to social roles that you play (heavy role component ) o personal – your reflection about who you are as a person (behaviours, characteristics that are present across the roles  they transcend roles) o ego – - there are subjective (based off of self-concepts) and objective pieces of identity New This Week - Ego identity – if you have ego identity that means that your ego has split off from itself – it has generated its own ability to look at itself - this ability represents 3 things o a sense of self that isn’t social identity and that isn’t personal identity  there is something you know about yourself that has nothing to do with your roles or your characteristics  ability to sense own existence to sense that ‘I am’ o I can think about how I think  you form it later in life (age 18 +)  if something invalidates social or personal identity – meanings come from our relationships with one another – if undermined then we experiences separation  the sense that you can makes sense and the sense that you are o the ARC – if I know that I think/that I am/that I speak/that I listen, then you have accessed a universally true identity o if there are others out there just like you during a crisis – then you can reconnect o How? By choosing to do (choosing to go back in – think of it like getting back on the horse) o choosing  takes moral reasoning - an issue of whether or not you ought to respect yourself - if ego identity is called on to deal with crisis – it initiates the arc of choice, involves gaining a certain type of energy and sifting through alternatives until you find your ‘good’ choice *this is ideal development – human development occurs on this axis *people ought to develop along this line *society is what causes development off of the axis - cumulative – growing strength as people move up the axis o the strength of the ego is accumulating (the virtues on the chart; hope, will, purpose) o ego strength is increasing – in order to understand - a phase is a psychoanalytic task; a task every human has to deal with - each phase corresponds with social relations  this chart of social relations – not perfectly correlated but close to Kohlberg’s SPL - each task is a genera
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