Linguistic Identity And Social Identity

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BIBLIOGRAPHY Articles • JOHN .D. MANDLE-how politics is personal. 11 • KANAVILLIL RAJAGOPALAN- The politics of language and the concept of linguistic identity. 10 • KAY DEAUX- SOCIAL IDENTITY 5 Books • ANDREW HEYWOOD-Introduction to political theory. 8 1. INTRODUCTION WHAT IS IDENTITY? According to the dictionary Identity means ‘The distinguishing character or personality of an individual’ used to recognise that person, or ‘close similarity or affinity’ or ‘it is the condition of being oneself’. It is synonymous with uniqueness, distinctiveness. Etymologically it is derived from the latin word ‘idem’ which means ‘The same’. It is the sameness of a person or a thing irrespective of time or situation or circumstances .Identity is linked with pride, honour. It may be conveyed as that which separates one from others. TYPES OF IDENTITIES • Personal identity. • Social identity. PERSONAL IDENTITY Personal identity is what a person thinks about himself, it is the opinion formulated by the person about himself over a long period of time. It is nothing but how a person defines oneself. As stated above personal identity develops over a period of time. It may change as a person ages, it is influenced by numerous aspects in one’s life and the situations one goes through. It is the process where a person tries to answer the fundamental question of who he really is. It is a sense of integration of self. SOCIAL IDENTITY Social identity is the identity formulated by a

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