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In this paper I will discuss the formation of personal identity socially, historically and economically. I will then conclude with an overview of how personal identity has been influenced by this perspective of social sciences.

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TOPIC: THE FORMATION OF PERSONAL IDENTITY MODULE: FC005-INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCES MODULE TUTOR: RIHANNON FIRTH T-NUMBER- T2188386 STUDENT NAME: GBEMISOLA AGBOOLA The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (2008) states that personal identity deals with questions that arise about ourselves by virtue of our being people. Questions such as what am I? When did I begin? And what will happen to me when I die? The Queensland government also states that "Personal identity is the way in which a person defines themselves in terms of their individuality and difference to others. This might include factors such as age, gender, nationality, culture, religious affiliation, disability, sexuality, interests, talents, personality traits, and family and friendship networks. The way in which a person sees themselves in relation to those around them, and what makes them unique, are all aspects of personal identity". In this paper I will discuss the formation of personal identity socially, historically and economically. I will then conclude with an overview of how personal identity has been influenced by this perspective of social sciences. ...read more.


In today's world though, more individuals are starting to develop more abstract personal identities as the smallest social Group in which identities are brought about are becoming different. The family known as the smallest social unit is recognized to consist of the mother the father and the children, but today families have become more diversified no longer consisting of the father-mother arrangement, families can be found to be single, gay, advertising, child-free, lesbian, step, divorced, socially excluded, nuclear and long term. Ordering lives: family, work and welfare (2004). This has given rise to an increase in the formation of diversified personalities with different views and approaches to life socially. Moving on to the formation of personal identity historically. It is of general knowledge that identity existed from the beginning of creation. Each human has a personal identity relegated to them from birth which is nurtured as they grow older by different circumstances in life. Raymond Martin and John Barresi however argue this fact in their book personal identity (2000) ...read more.


free flow kind of identity when it comes to financials and economic problems as the person is used to the kind of free flow economic system that exists in Nigeria. John Davis gives an explanation of how economy relates to an individuals personal identity in his article Identity and individual economic agents: a narrative approach, "applying korsgaard's idea of a "reflective structure of consciousness" to provide foundations for a richer account of the individual economic agent, and uses this to explain and distinguish the concepts of personal identity, individual identity, and social identity". This clearly shows that an individuals personal identity can also be influenced by the kind of economy the person is exposed to. In conclusion, we have seen how personal identity formation is influenced socially, economically and historically. We have come to see how families and social institutions influence an individual's personal identity how the identity has been formed through out history and how a person can be identified through their economic environment. Personal identities have come through a lot of change and will continue to change as time goes on. ...read more.

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