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How important is the relation between a person's occupation and his or her identity?

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TMA O1 Christopher Neill Y312545X Parte A. In What Ways do Social Factors Shape Our Lives? Essay Planv Introduction * What is meant by Identity * What is meant by social factors Main body * Ways in which people identify * Child development * Biology as an influential factor in forming identity * Example of 'racialization' and 'ethnicization' Conclusion * Main argument * Quote by Sojourner Truth[S1] Essay We differentiate identity from personality in the fact that our personality is something that doesn't involve any type of active participation. On the contrary identity is something that we must actively engage in. It involves an interaction with those around us. It can also be called a 'calling' or 'interpellation' (Althussers) that attracts us to a specific group, even though at times we cant define this attraction. This interpellation can come from a variety of sources, such as language or behaviour patterns, which are often unconsciously 'given off' (Goffman) or expressed through 'symbols' (Mead) such as badges, scarves and flags[S2]. This essay will focus on how this process of identity is influenced by social factors that surround us. v[S3] Whatever the case, the adoption of an identity calls for us to imagine ourselves in a certain identity. The good father, the hard worker, the football fan (Mead).OK We as agentsv have the possibility to recognise and imagine ourselves in a certain identity and then either adopt or reject it. ...read more.

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and class conflict * Social fragmentation and consumption patterns * Changing society Conclusion * Main argument[S9][S10] Essay Identity is formed by interactions with those around us, both as individuals and structures, how we see ourselves compared to others and how others see us compared to them and the capacity to identify with a group or individual which can be expressed through symbols like badges, scarves or flags (Mead). v In this essay we will be looking at the relationship between a person's occupation and his or her identity and the economic structures that produce some identities and make others impossible. For the sake of this essay we will refer to paid work as occupation rather than non-paid domestic work or non-paid care work[S11]. v 'What is it you do? ` As Kate Woodward suggests, this is a perfectly normal question we ask when we meet someone for the first time. The question helps us to understand more the person in front of us and to understand ourselves in relation to that person. Knowing their occupation we can make a rough estimation of their social position and self categorize ourselves accordingly, defining our economic position through our ideas of income and opportunities of others[S12]. According to a survey in the UK in 2002, 53% of financial wealth (disposable finance, not pensions or mortgages) is owned by 10% of the population[S13] (Inland Christopher Neill Y312545X Revenue in social trends, 2002). Marx sees this inequality as the root of class, where the few very rich control the economic organization of production. ...read more.

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Again, Good! On which skills or subjects do I need most help? For the moment I feel O.K. I do feel that my TMA's are disorganised and could be structured better. The[S20] idea of taking an argument step by step and arriving at a logical conclusion is very complicated for me, as I'm naturally very disorganised. But I'm hoping as I receive the comments for the marked TMA's I'll begin to tune these skills. [S1]This time you did not have to write an essay plan in the assignment - Of course it is most useful to do so but for your own organization of how you will approach to answer the question. This was explicitly stated in the TMA booklet instructions for this assignment! [S2]A brief explanation of what identity is. OK. You need to supply a brief reference to the source of this information. I think that it would have been better to move this paragraph after the explicit statement that follows about how you will proceed to answer the question. Another thing that you need to keep in mind has to do with the formation of identities; your piece should show an understanding of it. This means some discussion of the work of authorities such as Mead Freud or Goffman. [S3]This is the introduction per se. It definitely needs expounding! [S4]What does it mean? T would have been most useful for your reader to have a brief explanation of this notion. [S5]Good referencing! [S6]Concluding part - OK! [S7]There are several other DD100 sources available to you via the course WebPages, such as video's or audio's and the related notes that you could have consulted. ...read more.

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