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Identity Uncertainty

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Identity Uncertainty The importance of identity can very easily be underrated in contemporary society. Yet issues can be found everywhere. Considering the UK, issues could be anything from national pride the public exhibit to celebrities immigrating. Although there is a difference between terrorism attacks and celebrities reinventing themselves, the issue is identity. It revolves around how large groups of people or individuals are seen (or identified) by either individuals or large groups of people. Since there are two parts at play here, there are two major factors to consider whilst trying to define identity; the personal perspective and the social perspective. Considering race and ethnicity, although a little hard to define since this is a group identity, collective action results in change. Another issue is that 'racial' and 'ethnic' don't not always share the same identity. A good example of this the changes in the meaning of the term black. ...read more.

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This kind of factor within identity is dynamic, not static, for it is forever changing. One factor of identity that may be considered static would be gender. You are either born male or female and thus differing hormones governing your body would create a difference. Francis conducted experiments with primary children asking them to role certain situations. Whilst boys tended to take on roles of management and other such 'masculine behaviour', girls tended to take on roles that were selfless and other such 'feminine behaviour'. Although it is important to note that not all children took to the roles and acted in a fluid like action by either challenging or ignoring him. Francis suggests that children work quite hard in constructing and maintaining their gender identities, but also highlights that the behaviours typical of masculine and feminine roles are not binding and that there is an opportunity for diversity. ...read more.

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Of all the major factors that can play a part in the make up of identity; gender, class, ethnicity, we all have personal ideas as to what the common knowledge idea is behind each factor and whether that idea is positive or negative. Since all these are all variable contemporary society will have an increased uncertainty about identity. Our personality has as much to do with identity as society does. And just as our personality changes in reaction to society, society changes in reaction to people at large. That identities discussed however brief, clearly show how fast society changes and as much as we want to hold onto our identities we are influenced by society. Personally it is impossible to identify perfectly with an ever-changing world just as society finds it impossible to identify perfectly with ever changing individuals. ...read more.

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