Belonging and Identity

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Belonging and identity

Bruce Dawe, Sometimes Gladness
Carson McCullers, The Member of the Wedding
Alice Pung, Growing Up Asian in Australia
Anthony Fabian, Skin
Exploring Identity and Belonging :
When studying Exploring Issues of Identity and Belonging, there are some key questions that you will need to ask yourself in order to understand the concept. Those key questions are raised in this chapter, Exploring Identity and Belonging. What is Identity and Belonging?

An identity is who or what a person or thing is. Your identity defines who you are. It is a self-representation of your interests, relationships, social activity and much more. Our sense of identity and belonging is impacted by various factors, including our experiences, relationships, and our environment. The journey to find identity and belonging can often be a struggle, since we ask ourselves, ‘who am I?’ vs. ‘who do others want me to be?’ and ‘where do I belong? Where do I fit in?’ This point in our lives is completely subjective, meaning that it is our personal view that influences our decisions. The issue of identity and belonging has encompassed humans for many generations, and will remain a key turning point for many to come. What is an identity?

Identity is multi-faceted, meaning that a combination of many traits forms one identity. An identity can be defined as anything, depending on what you wish others to perceive and also how others wish to perceive you. Listed below are some examples of ‘identities’ : * Career identity : Lawyer, nurse, environmentalist, politician * Family identity : Father, mother, older sister, nephew, cousin * Skills identity : Athletic, intelligent, leader, listener * Cultural identity : History, tradition, religion, gender, ethics * Social identity : Peer group, clique, gang, club, mob, social class Note that people do not just possess one concrete identity. We are neither just a doctor nor an entrepreneur, but also someone who loves rock...
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