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Identification

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Identification can be defined as a relational process rooted in group collectivities and social structures, by which one ascribes himself or herself to a social group, a social group attaches meaning to itself in ways that mark the group as distinctive, or meaning is assigned to an individual or social group from outside of the group. Identification occurs when, for example, an individual locates herself as a lesbian and as having ties to a sexualities group on campus, to a local gay pride event, or ...

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