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Identity in question
Why is identity important and how are identities formed? This unit looks at the many...
Why is identity important and how are identities formed? This unit looks at the many different ways in which identity can be categorised. By examining the requirements of the state, how a child views gender, and the importance of race or place of birth, you will start to understand how each individual can have more than one identity.
After studying this unit you should be able to:
- provide a definition of identity;
- recognise how gender and socio-economic categories such as class can be used as a source of identity;
- discuss social structures in terms of gender, class and nation.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Questions of identity
- 2 Gender identity and gender development
- 3 Identity, inequality and social class: what it is to be poor
- 4 Where do you come from?
- 5 Conclusion
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Identity in question
This unit looks at identity, focusing upon the individual's perception of self in relation to others; the relationships between multi-ethnicity, cultural diversity and identity; and the effects of inequality and social class upon identity. It also looks at inequality and social class as they relate to perceived identity.
This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Introducing the social sciences (DD100) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Sociology courses or view the range of currently available OU Sociology courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 19th November 2010
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