COMM1-chapter 3

Human Communication in Society (Book alone)

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Chapter 3—Communication and Identities What is Identity? - Identity : who a person is, composed of individual and social categories a person identifies with, as well as the categories that others identify with that person - (1) Identity can be both social and individual - (2) Identity is that it is both fixed and dynamic; ex: a person may be born male, but he grows from an infant, to a teenager, to old man - (3) Individual and social identities are created through interaction with others. The relationships, experiences, and communication interactions you share with others shape how you see yourself. - (4) Identities can be understood only in relation to historical, social, and cultural environments. Thus the meaning of an identity is tied to how that identity has been viewed historically as well as how people with that identity are situated in a given culture and society. Ex: for thousands of years, the Devil was associated with the left hand. Consequently, various cultures have believed that left- handed people were evil or engaged in witchcraft. -
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