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Geog 311 Exam 2 - Geog311Exam2 11:40:00 Identity: groups...

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Geog 311 Exam 2 04/10/2010 11:40:00 Identity: I am simultaneously member of multiple social categories and  groups.  The groups the  I  regard as  salient  (relevant to how I act) constitute my  elective identity The groups that  others  regard as  salient  (relevant to how they act toward me)  constitute my ascribed identity.   o Nationality o Creed o Class  o Family o Race o Sex  What is your identity? Which groups do you not  wish to be identified with (you would be  distressed  if  people mistook you for a member of that group)  Examples of possible things that may cause distress o Male mistaken for female o Heterosexual mistaken for homo sexual o Middle class mistaken for indigent.  People will go out of their way to make sure that the things they are salient  about is clear because they don’t want to be mistaken for other groups.  Culture is a moral demand system.  –Phillip Rieff
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Having an identity puts moral demands on you to live up to that identity.  Obedience to particularly interdictory contents.  “Right and restricting conduct of life”   Narrative Identity: Identifying to a certain story rather than a certain group.  Follow a story and fill in certain characters. Things I mustn’t do to continue living a story, and things you should do to  continue living in the story/tradition  Identity Crisis:  When my behavior has suddenly become incompatible with the story I  had in my narrative identity  A “place” is a Meaningful Location When a location suddenly becomes attached to you in some way (naming it,  something happened there attached to you or detached a.k.a indentify with it)  it becomes a place.   Feeling ia “sense of place” is feeling “in place” (or at home)  1) Understanding what is “going on”, knowing what to do 2)  Identifying  with (approving what is going on.   “Placelessness  is the absence of sense of place. Not understanding what is “going on” what to do Disapproving of, being alienated from what if going on. 
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Elected Identity: You:     o Feel that you are in a place when you are n a place appropriate to the  story you tell yourself abut yourself.  Ascribed Identity (Profiling):  Others:     o Feel that you are in place when you are in a place appropriate to the  story they tell themselves about you.  Habit and Habitat: Expressing Identity in Place (marks of memberships)  Placing Identities (ghettos, enclaves, and hiving)  Identifying with place (topophilia and regional identity) 
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