COMM 1101 Lecture 4: Chapter 3 notes

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Communication Studies
COMM 1101
Thomas K.Nakayama

COMMUNICATION IDENTITY IDENTITY Part of identification process Who are you? Who do others think you are? Categories who you think you are and who other people think you are if doesnt matchidentity crisis? The Importance of Identity Communication influences identity development Identity influences communication We encounter many people with different identities from our own especially with new technologies Much of our communication experience is organized around identities Individual and societal forces interact together through identities to shape our communication experiences Society: Identities are not created equal Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad We dont have homosexuals like in your country In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I do not know who told you we have it WHAT IS IDENTITY? Identities are: Social Categories you identify with Social categories that others identify you with Primary and secondary Fixed and dynamic Created through interaction with others Understood in historical, social cultural contexts Socially constructed categories Bryan Stow in coma 9 months because they beat him up due to his team supports Irish traveler The Individual and Identity We are not reducible to one identitycan have many identities In the United States, we often want to be seen as unique individuals IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT THROUGH COMMUNICATION
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