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Identities and Social Categories
« on: September 12, 2020, 10:13:42 AM »
I think that many educated people today are missing a lot of ideas from the 1940s through 1980s because they never actually read the original books or a good textbook with a full definition, just tried to absorb the gist.  The handful of experts assume that everyone got the idea and moved on to what is new and exciting to them, and did not realize that most people are at the "maybe light is both a particle and a wave?" level of understanding and that there is a lot more work to be done in educating people about these foundational ideas. 

One of those ideas is identity.  This blog post looks at the habit of calling all kinds of social categories 'identities' and argues that we should return to the clearer, narrower definition that someone identifies with something when they says "I am that thing."
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Re: Identities and Social Categories
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2020, 02:38:31 PM »
I think this is interesting: I don't think I agree with its core argument and I quite like the breadth of use of identity as a term when talking about how identities are formed via communities/power relationships - but it was an interesting read all the same. I also don't think I'm quite a good enough theoretician (and I'm too tired) to articulate a full case on my thoughts here very effectively, at least at the moment and with the amount of energy I have.
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