Cultural Identity - Cultural identity Cultural identity is...

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Cultural identity Cultural identity is the (feeling of) identity of a group or culture, or of an individual as far as he or she is influenced by her belonging to a group or culture. Cultural identity is similar to and has overlaps with, but is not synonymous with, identity politics. Description There are modern questions of culture that are transferred into questions of identity. Various cultural studies and social theory investigate the question of cultural identity. In recent decades, a new form of identification and with pieces broken off from the individual as a coherent whole subject. Cultural identity remarks upon: place, gender, race, history, nationality, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and ethnicity. Culture, as a social practice, is not something that individuals possess. Rather, it is a social process in which individuals participate, in the context of changing historical conditions. As an "historical reservoir", culture is an important factor in shaping identity Some critics of cultural identity argue that the preservation of cultural identity, being based upon difference, is a divisive force in society, and that cosmopolitanism gives individuals a greater sense of shared citizenship. . That is not to always be divisive. When considering practical association in international society, states may share an inherent part of their 'make up' that gives common ground, and alternate means of identifying with each other. Examples can be taken from both old and contemporary world order. In the old world order European states shared a high level of cultural homogeneity, due to their common history of "frequently violent relationships, and Greco- Roman cultural origins" (Brown 2001). Brown also argues that the Western invention of the nation-state has proven to be an appealing and homogenising factor to many cultures. . See also General: globalization, Cosmopolitanism, Self-concept, Self-determination, liberalization, demos Identity: Social identity, identity concerns, multiple identity, Gender identityCulture: Cultural diversity, Intercultural competence, cultural conservatism, Transculturation Politics: Diaspora politics, Identity politics, Pan-nationalism, libertarian, conservationism Identity (social science) ''This article is about a concept in social science. For other uses, see Identity . Identity is an umbrella term used throughout the social sciences to describe an individual's comprehension of him or herself as a discrete, separate entity. This term, though generic, can be further specified by the disciplines of psychology and sociology , including the two forms of social psychology . DescriptionIdentity may be contrasted with the notion of self. In psychology, a psychological identity relates to self- image (a person's mental model of him or herself), self-esteem , and individuation . An important part of identity in psychology is gender identity , as this dictates to a significant degree how an individual views him or herself both as a person and in relation to other
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2010 for the course SOC 110G taught by Professor Mohamedtamadigi during the Spring '10 term at University of Massachusetts Boston.

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