IS #6 - InternationalStudies101#6 15:59 Introduction

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15:59 Introduction Identity is “any social category in which an individual is eligible to be a member”  (Chandra 2007) Really fundamental to determine various political outcomes (ex: conflict   you need to  know how people identify themselves) If you want to know who people trust, vote for, why they act, how they act, etc. you need  to understand identity.  People predict that as India and China become more powerful there may become an  ‘Indian’ or ‘Chinese’ way of doing things Seven Attributes of Identity Contextual Identities change and matter based on where you are and to whom you are speaking to.  Multiple We all inhabit multiple identities. Historical How we function, how we identify is a function of identity.   Ex: Fifty years ago it meant  something very different to be Jewish. Positional Who is doing the naming?  If you say you are X that’s one thing, if someone says you  are Y that’s something else. Emotional Identities are powerful, they speak deeply to us.  Identities have an important emotional  dimension to them.  They regard pride, honor, etc. Intersubjective understandings There is usually some shared sense of context.  When we say that we are all students,  there is an understanding of what it means to be a student.   Contestation But there are also people that are conflicted on and contest the meaning of these  definitions. Some Examples  In some contexts you would say “I’m a sophomore”, while in other situations you might  say you’re from the east coast.  And when you’re on the east coast you would state  more specifically where you are whether it be the town or even the street.  Identities are 
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IS #6 - InternationalStudies101#6 15:59 Introduction

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