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Identity
Identity

Identity, one would think, is one concept everybody should be clear about. One's own identity being that configuration of attributes and inheritance which make one who one really is and not somebody else, then the expectation would surely be that the components of identity would be as hard and definite as stone. This expectation would be the stronger for identity's having become the source in contemporary political argument of so much fierce self-assertion and displays, even murderous ones, of invincible self-righteousness.

One possible explanation for the heat and hatred engendered by identity disputes may well be the widespread ruptures and dissolution of natural ties to families, neighbourhoods, ethnic groups and nations which have been effected by the vast economic changes generalised as globalisation. It may ...

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