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To what Extent can we shape our identities?

Definition of Identities

Not to be confused with personaity

How i see myself and how others see me?, Marked by Simiarity + Difference, Mulitiple identitys, Identities can be fixed,fluid,individual,collective.

George Herbert Mead.Symbols

How are Identities formed?

Sigmund Freud.The unconscious mind.

Erving Goffman.Act out Roles.Appearance,Clothes,Gestures.



Freud argues that may be able to express agency ,coming to understand represed childhood experiences through therapy.

Personal + Social Interrelated

Agency +Social Structures

Identities not fixed .Change over a period of time., Interpellation.People recognize themselves in a particular identity., Social Structures, Class.Gender. Culture.Work Nation.Ethnicity, School Teachers Expectations


Collective Identity, Marked by Difference

Do we have a degree of Control in the Construction of our identity?

New Social Movements.Shape and voice to new identities.

Changing our Appearance to look younger.The way we speak.Clothes we wear.Botox,Tummy Tucks.Excercising Agency., Work + Class.Rich or poor.Widening Gap between the haves and the have nots., Marxist Theory, bourgeoise -ruling class.proletariat -working class, Max Weber, Fragmentation of classes accentuated by differences in Status.PARTY-brings people together with similar interests.

Identities Fluid and Changing

Race +Ethnicity

Black Asian Mixed are dynamic rather than Static.

Race Is Inherited, Raciaization

Ethnicity refers to group who share common cultural practices., Ethnicization

Social Structures constrain peoples ability to adopt certain identities