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Describe some of the ways in which it has been argued that identities can be seen as represented through symbols The aim of this assignment is to describe the concept of symbols in the construction of identities To explore the theories of visualisation and interpellation put forward by Mead and Althuser To examine the link between symbols and representation in process of identities and to show how people perceptions of who we are is shaped by the images and symbols we give out and take on Identity is a chronological process started before we are born Other people expectations of who we can are planted on us from birth We have a surname a probable place of birth and a class and ethnic identity As we develop we actively take up our own identities which sometimes do not match those expectations We hear statement such as this is not quite how we imagine he or she would be Identity formation is a combination of who we are and how other people see us It is about the social perception of the individual by the world we live in Identity formation is a process of construction We have to actively take up identities You can not say you are a mother without active engagement in that role In order to make sense of ourselves as an individual and the world in which we live we have to actively take up an identity Some of the ways we do this Identities are marked by difference The place we come from the badge scarves we wear our ethnicity and gender all serve to mark out the differences in identities We form an image of what a particular thing or situation should be then we mark ourselves from it or identify with it We picture what we want to be then mark ourselves off from it We are the same as
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