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Symbolism

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

Symbolism is a technique used widely to convey a deeper message, substitute for language when language is not shared, and enhance the intended message. Symbolism occurs in literature, religion, politics, and many other disciplines, academic and beyond. What makes symbolism so diverse is that people often use this technique to enhance communication. Identity often depends on symbols, thus symbolism and identity are inextricably linked. Both symbolism and identity operate beyond the individual. Identity studies scholars recently refocused ...

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