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Identity, Theories of

Identity may best be understood as a personal anchor(s) in our social world. It can include the visible and invisible ways by which we claim aspects of our existence that are important to us and central to making us who we are. It can represent positions and roles that we occupy, in both a personal and social sense, and therefore is subject to change throughout our lives and in different contexts. Identity is dynamic in that it is continually constructed and constituted in relation to our development and social location, not something to be classified, unearthed, or pinned down. Since identity is contextually influenced, it is important to understand how it develops in the context of out-of-school time (OST) and how developing identities contribute to ...

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