The Importance Of Culture And Media Influescent Identity Formation

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Adolescence, often epitomized by identity conflict and formation are influenced largely by the dominant cultural discourse and media exposure. The transition between childhood and adulthood constitutes’ both physical and cognitive changes, and from their immensity - is an integral influence upon the development of the identity. Humans’, being inherently “products’ of our context” are socialised by the dominant cultural discourse; media exposure, shifts’ perspectives’ on this cultural discourse, reciprocally shaping identity. From the adolescent need for “identity achievement”, and conformity as iterated by Judith Ruth Harris, dependence on popular culture intake only increases. Alongside contemporary society 's’ increasing dependence on media, these assets become integral for identity formation. The influence of culture and media exposure upon identity formation can be understood through application of Harris and Erikson’s’ theories. Major foundations of identity are established in adolescence due to the immensity of cognitive and physical changes. The dominant cultural discourse and media exposure are imperative upon adolescent identity formation as context predetermines’ identity, but media exposure challenges cultural narratives and thus- moulds identity. The dominant cultural discourse succeeds’ in establishing the foundations’ for identity formation, more so in adolescence from its’ permeating influence. Dominant cultural discourses alike misogyny, white supremacy

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