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Masking

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

The term masking carries a multitude of meanings. One definition that hints at the sociopolitical import of the term is the act of covering the face or part of the face to conceal identity. The act of concealing one's identity from a dominating presence is perhaps the central function of this sort of masking. By necessity, it seems that races of people have had to obscure their identity, physically and otherwise, as acts of survival. The belief is that if one were to behave in ...

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