identity-what we are-from indian context

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Identity is a word that has haunted us with questions on what it is....so heres an overview on what it may be...

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Identity: What is the real meaning behind this word? With reference to “Identity” by Ajay Godavarthy By Debarati Das Gupta (PCM 0915306) Renuka Radhakrishnan (PCM 0915307) Jaslin Jaison (PME 0915208)

Identity in its philosophical sense : 

Identity in its philosophical sense “identity" is modern formulation of dignity, pride, or honour that implicitly links these to social categories. in addition that it allows us to better understand how identity" can help explain political actions, and the meaning of claims such as identities are socially constructed.“ Thus, “identity" in its present incarnation has a double sense. It refers at the same time to social categories and to the sources of an individual's self-respect or dignity.

“identity" in its present incarnation evokes the idea that social categories are bound up with the bases of an individual's self-respect. : 

The need to create an identity for ourselves is to separate and distinguish ourselves from the others. Essentially Identity does not constitute only our motivations and desires. But it starts with the region and culture we are born in, then transcends to the our gender followed by how we are groomed. If we are groomed better we identify ourselves in the society better as successful individuals. “identity" in its present incarnation evokes the idea that social categories are bound up with the bases of an individual's self-respect. Identity is not a word, it can rather be considered as a position, how we position it in our lives, what meaning we and society give it, it takes up that form. Example: a Dalit is what we are born as, but what we become in our lives shape our identity at the end of the day. IDENTITIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGES IN ITS SCOPE, MEANING AND CONTENT

IDENTITY AND ITS CONSTRUCTION: the different definitions and perspectives : 

IDENTITY AND ITS CONSTRUCTION: the different definitions and perspectives 1. Identity is people's concepts of who they are, of what sort of people they are, and how they relate to others" (Hogg and Abrams 1988, 2). 2. Identity is used in this book to describe the way individuals and groups define themselves and are denied by others on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, language, and culture" (Deng 1995, 1). 3. Identity refers to the ways in which individuals and collectivities are distinguished in their social relations with other individuals and collectivities" (Jenkins 1996, 4). 4. National identity describes that condition in which a mass of people have made the same identification with national symbols { have internalised the symbols of the nation" (Bloom 1990, 52). 5. Identities are relatively stable, role-specific understandings and expectations about self" (Wendt 1992, 397). Nonetheless, it is also striking that the definitions seem to refer to a common underlying concept. Almost every one evokes a sense of recognition, so that none seems obviously wrong, despite the diversity.

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So Identity can be summed up as:

Identity’s construction : 

Identity’s construction The basic reason behind creating an identity is to separate ourselves from the others. The next major reason for this construction is societal oppression and denial of rights and equality. Identity politics is a way of regaining, restoring lost respect and transformation of previously stigmatized groups So rather than accepting the negative aspects that were shown by the “upper” strata, they create a separate identity for themselves with their morals. This led to the formation of MODERN ideology of “identity” which is based on our inner voice and morals resulting in our capacity to authenticate our existence. Thus, basically, it is not a fight for inclusion in societal fold, but acceptance and respect in its INDEPENDENT form.

Identity and Democracy : 

Identities are often constructed to alleviate injustices and thereby contribute to a process of democratization of relations. Identity and Democracy SO THE UNDERLYING AIM TO CONSTRUCT AN IDENTITY IS UNIVERSAL HUMANITY AND THAT EVERY HUMAN DESERVES EQUAL RIGHTS AND RESPECT….WHICH TRANSCENDS….INTO…………….. Identity Politics thrive in any country, whatsoever. However in a ‘liberal’ society, as the world’s political system calls itself, only the person oppressed can feel the pain that he has to endure. It is a blow on his dignity. In India, the state recognizes each individual with respect and gives certain rights. However the proponents of identity politics say that granting a right based on universality does not do any good. As Miller puts it, “Equal access to citizenship doesn’t transcend to equal justice”

Revolving the dilemma of Identity : 

Revolving the dilemma of Identity There can be no return to the idea that citizenship identity must take priority over all other identities. There are probably only two ways in which this may be resolved.

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THANK YOU Acknowledgements: Gyanashekhar sir Randolf Sir Presentation made by Debarati Das Gupta Presenters: Debarati, Renuka Radhakrishnan and Jaslin Jaison

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