Social Identity [Book Review]

When we talk about Diversity and Inclusion, sooner or later we end up talking about identity but not everybody goes deep enough

We’ve found a book that takes identity to a whole new level

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re reviewing Social Identity by Richard Jenkins

In today’s show we discuss several things including:

  • How Identity is a disputed Term
  • Why it’s useful to focus on Identification
  • Why Identity is a social construction and much more

Here’s some of what we discuss on the show:

It’s useful to think of identity as a process

“it’s useful to think of identity as a process.

Less as a quality or an attribute and more as a process.

Think less of identity and more of a process of identification.

This is multi dimensional . never final and never settled.”

Be aware of the differences between groups and categories

“I’m trying to characterise group membership in this way as something people choose for themselves.

You can say, well you can’t choose your family, you can’t always choose your team.

I agree, but you can choose what belonging to that family means to you.”

Pay attention to how people perform their identity  

“This idea of being and becoming was addressed by a personal example of the author as a teenager learning to play the guitar.

Playing the guitar and being a guitarist aren’t the same thing.”

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Leaders must collaborate innovatively to leverage cultural expertise and drive business performance.

  • Why inclusive outcomes are driven by innovation
  • How developing a business case for diversity and inclusion specific to your organisation is a competitive advantage
  • Why novelty is at the heart of your inclusion journey

The Elements of Inclusion #3

Leaders must establish systems to ensure that everyone shares the same advantages and benefits. These processes will create incentives for inclusive behaviours.

  • How to augment your team with the tools and insights they need to prevent structural disadvantage
  • Why reinforcing generative norms ensures everyone belongs in the organisation
  • How inclusive representations can be embedded to promote an inclusive culture

The Elements of Inclusion #2

Leaders must redefine career development relationships to support inclusive performance.
  • Why traditional mentor relationships must be revised for an inclusive workplace
  • How leaders must embrace networks of developmental relationships for individual growth
  • Why established workplace norms must evolve for inclusion in the modern workplace

The Elements of Inclusion #1

Leaders must properly socialise people and socialise inclusive ideas by providing an environment for the cultural learning needed for an active role in an inclusive organisation

  • How your socialisation processes must evolve to encourage the sustainable cultivation of inclusive competencies
  • Why Leaders must consistently negotiate the line between organisational commitment and personal authenticity to promote performance
  • How developing intersectional self awareness can help leaders to leverage individual employee experiences