Identity And Social Insequality: Differences And Inequalities

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Differences and inequalities highlight the making and remaking of society and social lives. Continuity and change are susceptible to connection and disconnection.
Social identities are differences that pinpoint the sense of self, emerging from early experiences thus forms the basis of interactions, affecting social context and cultural norms. It is malleable, multiple and complex. However, certain aspects of identity are shown at birth, such as sex and physical appearances e.g. disabilities and gender. Others such as faith and class, inherit or adopt from family or culture. Faith, nationality and gender can be actively chosen later in life, depending on personal circumstances or preferences. For example, In Connecting Lives (The Open University, 2014a) Monique Waheed has multiple identities, she was born Christian and later chooses her identity as a Muslim. She also chose two different work identities: dentistry, and charity shop. She also has an identity as a mother, staying at home to look after her daughter until she was seven years old. Identities have legal status too such as nationality and immigration. Migration interrupts connections when people move from one place to another.
Some differences associate with Inequality such as Stereotype and in-group bias can disrupt connections, this has implications on identity for its negative value. Apparently, it’s probable thus leads to prejudice and discrimination. “Psychologists use the term label to refer to an identity
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