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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