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Social Locations and Cultural Identity

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Kathryn Hobson

on 4 September 2018

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Transcript of Social Locations and Cultural Identity

The Complexity of Identity
Culture Iceberg Model
Our Identities
Social Identities
Our identities are complex.
Dominant groups hold the power and authority
Write down a list of your identities that you would use to describe yourself.
Subordinates are labeled as "defective and substandard in significant ways" (Tatum, 7).
"The dominant group is often seen as the norm for humanity" (Tatum, 8).
Why this matters?
Identities are incomplete; we can never know everything about ourselves.
In order to understand anyone else, we have to understand ourselves.
Belonging to dominant or subordinate groups shape world views, including our biases, stereotypes, and prejudices. This is called positionality.
Identity: Shaped by individual characteristics, family dynamics, historical factors, and social and political contexts.
Exercise about identity and culture
Cultural Iceberg: Visible and Invisible identities.
Cultural Identities: Personal, communal, social
Who am I? What is my culture?
Dominant and subordinate identities
Complete the Social Identity Wheel, including questions in center.
What are your visible cultures?
What are some of your invisible cultures?
Share what you feel comfortable with those around you
Tatum argues:
Share your answers with your neighbors
What identities overlap? What identities are different?
What communities do you belong to? I.E. Churches, schools, campus groups ets
Dominant and Subordinate Social Identities:
People of Color
Mid-age 18-55
Youth, Elder
Recognize dominance and subordination in our social identities.
Belonging to dominant groups often means seeing those identities as the norm for society.
Micro, Meso, Macro Identities
Micro: Your individual identitites.
Kirk and Rey argue:
Meso: Community identitities
Macro: Social identities
dominant/subordinate identities for each category.
dominant/subordinate identities
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