Figure 2


Who am I? Who are we?

The answer:

  • attaches a label

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  • assigns or attributes membership of a group

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  • makes an implicit contrast

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  • carries moral weight

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  • indicates appropriate characteristics

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  • is aspired to

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  • is a style, a manner of acting

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  • is embodied in rituals: collective, habitual and routine activities

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  • is embodied in the ways we shape our physical appearance

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  • is condensed in symbols, images and metaphors

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  • is established in exchanges of mutual identification

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  • is dynamic, changing

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  • varies with situation and circumstance

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    (Cf. Zdzislaw Mach, 1993. Symbols, conflict and identity. SUNY Press)