OpenLearn Scotland
OpenLearn Scotland

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OpenLearn Scotland

7.4 Identity in question

Why is identity important and how are identities formed? This course 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. This course focuses 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.

You are encouraged to look at a poem by Jackie Kay, who was born in Glasgow in 1961. Her mother was a white Scottish woman and her father a black Nigerian student. She has written extensively about the subject of identity in the context of her own experiences, for example, of being an adopted child brought up in Glasgow.

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course 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.

 

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