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Sometimes yes and sometimes no (middle class?) Minority/NonHegemonic Identity • oppositional identity: when a (minority) group
deﬁnes itself in contrast to the mainstream. • positive identity practices: identify as part of a
group. • negative identity practices: distance from other
groups. • E.g. cholas criticising preocupation with weight/dieting (assoc with white femininity). (i.e. African American or Hispanic)
-define yourself by "who i am" and by "who i'm not"
-identify in terms of "we are different from them; we don't do
what they do" Group Identity through Erasure • Identity indexes group membership.
• Deﬁning group identity through erasure:
• in-group sameness
• different from out-group
• (& also out-group sameness)
• oppositional identity requires homogeneous
group. Macrosocial Language & Community • How big is a “community?”
• microsocial vs macrosocial
• Can a nation be a community? Nation as Imagined Community • Nation as “imagined political community”
• (Anderson, cited in Spitulnik) •
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- Spring '08