In the past, individual’s identities were often assigned to them by the hegemonic culture, largely based on their conceptualization of sameness. The hegemonic culture dominated identity discourse by drawing distinct boundaries between racial and cultural groups, separating and defining them. Modern discourse however, has seen individuals taking the power of assigning identity signifiers for themselves often in periods of great social change. While times of resistance are often the most easily recalled examples of this, subtle trends in society a tremendous impact, often without the conscience knowledge of the society. In the past two decades, Western Culture has been witness to a radical transformation in identification processes. Technology has become increasingly pivotal to popular culture, and as such, it has had a profound influence on the way we create and affirm our sense-of-self. Identification categories have become less rigid compared to thirty years ago, and people are on average more open to identifying across boundaries. The process of blurring identity lines between distinct groups has re-distributed the power of assigning signifiers from the hegemonic element of popular culture to the individual. Means of instant information distribution and exchange, discourse and academic retrieval, such as instant messengers, social networking sites, Wikipedia, et al are perhaps some of the most influential because of their instantaneousness. While the lines have become blurred on a social level, individual identities are often affirmed. The past saw identity boundaries being stringently controlled by hegemonic discourse. Laws and social conventions aimed at controlling the “other” were common place. Racial, ethnic, and religious... ... middle of paper ... ...moodle/file.php/14506/Course_Readings/15_katalin_szepesi.pdf Moore, D.C. (1994). Routes: Alex Haley’s roots and the rhetoric of genealogy. Retrieved from https://moodle10.yorku.ca/moodle/file.php/14506/Course_Readings/28_david_chioni_moore.pdf Yon, D. (2000). Elusive culture. N.Y: State University of New York Press. Cruz-Hacker, A. (n.d.). With one foot here and the other one there: blurring the boundaries of home and exile. Retrieved from http://www.csustan.edu/honors/documents/journals/soundings/Cruz-Hacker.pdf Beyond "Culture": Space, Identity, and the Politics of Difference Akhil Gupta and James Ferguson. Cultural Anthropology Vol. 7, No. 1, Space, Identity, and the Politics of Difference (Feb., 1992), pp. 6-23 Published by: Blackwell Publishing on behalf of the American Anthropological Association Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/656518
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Humans seem to have an innate desire to belong, to be a part of a community of people that are similar to them in at least some way. From that desire, individuals craft specific identities and ways of living to place themselves within certain communities and separate from others. Identity can be made up partially by choice—the way people style their hair, how they talk, what materials they use, who they hang out with—but part of identity is also related to things that cannot be chosen, such as a person’s ethnicity or social class. But at what point do these disparate facets coalesce into a singular identity? Through his use of culturally specific materials, Rashid Johnson’s Rumble (2011) suggests certain historical and personal connotations
In “A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality” John Perry conveys conversations between a philosopher and her two friends a few nights before she dies. We then come to how the dying philosopher is trying to have everyone convince her that she will survive even after her body dies. In this John Perry claims that there are three ways of deliberating personal identity: bodily identity, psychological continuity and immaterial soul. The essay then describes the different types of identity and how they can use them to prove to the perishing philosopher that she can still remain alive. I will argue that the only way we can distinguish personal identity is through psychological continuity and how we can determine a person based on their memories and experiences. From this we can go into discussion about some terms that will be used throughout this paper.
We are more than our identities. To recognize your core self is to know your purpose, your values, your goals, and your motivations. Aligning with your inner character. Knowing your inner self-comes from self-awareness, having a clarity of your inner self-opens the consciousness and set up a solid focus in self-actualization. Referring to the need for personal growth and development that exists throughout their life cycle. Life is about pushing self in accomplishing goals, although a challenge because of risky obstacles that always lands on our track of completion. An individual’s identity is molded by many diverse aspects. Family, culture, personal interests, and environments are all influences that tend to help shape a person’s identity.
In Stuart Hall’s “Ethnicity: Identity and Difference,” he claims that identity is a volatile social process through which one comes to see the self. Hall argues that identity is not a thing rather a process “…that happens over time, that is never absolutely stable, that is subject to the play of history, and the play of difference.” These factors are constantly entering the individual in a never-ending cycle, re-establishing and affirming who one is.
The concept of identity and social locations according to Kirk & Okazawa-Rey's Identities and Social Locations: Who Am I? Who are My People? is that Our identity is a specific marker of how we define ourselves at any particular moment in life. Identity formation is the result of a complex interplay among individual decisions and choices, particular life events, community recognition and expectations, and social categorization, classification, and socialization. (Kirk & Okazawa-Rey). The point where all the features embodied in a person overlap is called social location. Social location is a way of expressing the core of a person’s existence in the social and political world. (Kirk & Okazawa-Rey). With identity, it may seem tangible and fixed at any given
Identity. This simple world fulfills the answers to multitudes of questions: Who are you? Where do you come from? How do you appear? When were you born? Where will life take you? While some believe we answer these questions for ourselves, many scholars and experts in the field of media and cultural studies beg to differ. Conformity has become a social norm, and many people are no longer inclined to search for their own identity in the world. People allow the world and its inhabitants to identify them. Just as media and marketing have begun putting labels on everything people wear, digest, and observe, people too have become subject to labeling. These labels lead individuals to become ‘one dimensional’. In the words of Robinson (2010), this one dimensionality is due to the fact that the vast majority of human beings allow consumer culture and public opinion to dominate over their individuality. Evolving ideologies, alienating binary oppositions, and the question of identity are intertwined with media, culture and society in the lives of every being, be it implicitly or
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
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While high school is a time to develop skills in areas such as calculus and American History, it should also be a time to explore yourself and find your own social and cultural identity. Michele Spiezia, a counselor at Manhattan International High School, notes that finding out what is important to a student's morals is essential in preparing them for the future. The problem identified in a survey conducted at Armstrong High School, a Minneapolis School, was that today's students are so overwhelmed with homework, it leaves them with an inadequate amount of time each day to explore their interests and develop a personal identity. In the same survey conducted at Armstrong, it was reported that homework takes time away from spending time with
Culture is defined by shared beliefs, customs, values, country of origin, and institutions relative to a group of people. However, culture not only encompasses objectives of shared traditions, geography, and religions, it also includes shared concepts such as gender, cognitive processes, and various types of interpersonal relationships that are deemed as highly relevant to the majority of a group (Baruth & Manning, 2012). Because of the fluidity of culture, people can be identified by a multitude of intersecting cultural aspects to represent themselves as a whole. The manner in which I identity myself with cultures is not of any difference compared to what is noted above. My identity is defined as a 21-year old female of Nigerian descent currently
The twentieth century is surrounded by what is going on around us, in specific, your appearance and identity. The assumptions of race, religion, family background and the overall demographic image have an impact on your identity and may shape social constructs. The goal is to show that your identity is unique and isn’t completely stereotypical.
There is no question that we as humans are physical objects, but we can question where our consciousness derived from? Have you ever asked yourself who am I? What factors of life makes you yourself? Does your life still exist after death? In the world of philosophy, personal identity can be defined as a concept that individuals develop and change over the course of their lives. It is corroborated by the flow of memories with existing memories. There are many different aspects that shape an individual identity. Those factors include personal interest, culture, family, and environmental settings. Some of these factors may have more influences than the other. Many philosophers, following Paul Edwards and John Perry, use cognizance as guidance
Who am I? Am I the same person as the baby that my parents took home from the hospital x years ago? Am I the same person that was too shy to talk to anyone in the first grade? And am I the same person that broke my arm when I was eight years old? If the answer to these question are yes, then what makes me me? Because I look different and think differently does that mean that I am a different person then who I was ten years ago, one year ago, or even who I was yesterday or who I will be tomorrow? These are some of the most fundamental questions of Philosophy, and they all fall under the category of personal identity. Personal Identity deals with the issue of the self and if there is a stable “self” that exists over time. In this context the