Indeed, the power of martial race ideology emanated from its very flexibility and ambiguity. It was adaptable to a variety of historical and geographical situations and functioned alternately to inspire, intimidate, exclude and include. Although Highlanders, Sikhs and Gurkhas were clearly linked in contemporary martial race discourse, that connection was given different and even contradictory significance in the distinct socio-historical contexts of Britain and India. This becomes abundantly clear in my discussion of the purposes of martial race discourse for recruiting the armies in India and Britain. In India, authorities were overwhelmingly concerned to legitimate their exclusive recruiting strategies in terms of race and masculinity to keep politically suspect recruits out of the army.
Within a single culture or ethnic group, the same fundamental struggles prevail, which creates a sense of cultural empathy, existent across multiple generations of an immigrant community and this concurrence is in itself an identity. In order to overcome these common struggles, an immigrant must develop and establish a strong association with his or her
Racial identity plays a role in the physical and psychological features of humans. Physically, humans in different parts of the globe endure different conditions and environments. Humans adapt to their environments and obtain different physical traits, henceforth, these physical traits have become adjacent to race. Psychologically, ancestral prejudices and influences throughout history have lingered through the generations and have impacted modern racial identities and tensions. Ethnic conflicts of the past such as the Social Darwinist theory of a "superior race" are morally refuted in current times, but that assumption had a brunt impact in which the world is still repairing today.
A person’s nationality is an important part of who he or she is. Where one is born can have an effect on so many aspects of the person they will be. This can include their religion, their physical characteristics, the language they speak, or the persecution they may face because of all those things. The point is that one’s nationality and one’s individuality aren’t separate entities. They add and take away from each other.
Race and culture are two different concepts when looked at by themselves, but when combined, they create the unique individuals that influences the diversity seen in the world today. Race classifies individuals by their genetic make-up and physical characteristics. Culture classifies individuals by the way they practice their religion, beliefs, ritual practices, values, and the type of foods they eat.
The standard way of thinking about the topic of race or ethnicity has it that it is physical appearance or descent. To understand the perspective of race in society we must first understand the distinction between race and ethnicity. One implication of ethnicity is that it is a cultural part of people’s lives a sense of common culture, ancestry and community. In fact, race is more than this, it is physical differences that categorize, not to be confused with identify, individuals. At the same time ethnic and race differences is learned.
Who are you is yourself identity, the way you look at yourself and your relationship to the world. Understanding this, allows you to examine who you are and more importantly, create who you want to be. Identity to me would be everything, your culture, your race, where you’re from, your language and so much more. Its defines who you are as a person and what you could be. Our basic need for a sense of control, drives us from our sense of identity, of who we are.
1. Introduction Identity can take many forms in the society, from gender and sex to culture and family. Not only does identity define who we are but identity also influences the position we have in a society. When we talk about our identity in relation to culture or values, we often refer to the ethnic element. Ethnicity is a form of identity (based on Max Weber’s definition): “members of a group see themselves as similar and are perceived by others as similar by sharing physical resemblance and/or common customs and ancestry” (Hechter, 1976).