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Identity and Difference
Identity and difference

Identity is about belonging, about what you have in common with some people and what differentiates you from others. At its most basic it gives you a sense of personal location, the stable core to your individuality. But it is also about your social relationships, your complex involvement with others. (Weeks, 1990: 88, quoted in Rutherford, 1990: 88)

What is it?

Identity is a widely used term across the social sciences and humanities, referring in the broadest sense to who we are, and the ways in which an individual understands him or herself as a being. However, its use, meaning and theorisation differ considerably between disciplines. For example, psychologists tend to be interested in personal identity – that is, our construction of ...

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