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Garrett Bennicas Soc 1 Portfolio Synthesis Identities and How they are Formed From this section of the course Sociology 1 I have learned about different philosophies and ideas about how identities are formed The philosophies that make the most sense to me are the ideas of John Locke Jean-Jacues Rousseau Charles Harton Cooley and George Herburt Mead Also the ideas focused on in my exercise have as well helped me to form an idea where identities come from and what they mean socially John Locke had the idea that people in a society truly want to live together in harmony and that people are not aggressive by nature That people are born with a blank slate and that anything can be learned I completely agree with this statement How people are brought up and what they are exposed to defines their identity and intentions in society I was brought up by loving parents that among others things taught me to be true to my feelings and to express them truthfully Jean-Jacues Rousseaus theory about corruption relates to the clean slate idea He stated that corruption come from society So if one is not influenced positively they may end up corrupt and be a hindrance on society If a child grows up in a dysfunctional family they may be at a disadvantage to a child like my brother who is getting the same social education from my parents and the society we live in Charles Harton Cooley also touched on the idea of identities He believed that identities are formed from interactions with people in society This would mean that the more interactions one has the more choices that have to form there own identity In a sense my upbringing and my brothers can be dangerous in a way because our parents have to be careful not to shelter us too much form
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