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Social Locations and Cultural Identity

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Kathryn Hobson

on 16 January 2018

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Transcript of Social Locations and Cultural Identity

The Complexity of Identity
Culture Iceburg Model
Our Cultural Identities
Social Identities
Our identities are complex.
Dominant groups hold the power and authority in society relative to the subordinates.
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?
We have to understand that our identities are fractured and incomplete.
The self-awareness imperative: In order to understand anyone else, we have to work to understand ourselves.
Our belonging to dominant or subordinate groups shape our world views, including our biases, stereotypes, and prejudice.
Shaped by individual characteristics, family dynamics, historical factors, and social and political contexts
These are all elements of our cultural identities.
Exercise about identity and culture
Cultural Iceburg: 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 neighbor
Compare your lists? How are they related?
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
Tatum believes we need to recognize dominance and subordination in our social identities.
If we belong to dominant groups we view those identities as norms
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