PERSONAL IDENTITY AUDIT
Page 3Section 1 Introduction to Identity
Page 4 – 9Section 2Experiences with the Axes
4 – 52.1Race
6 – 72.2Class
8 – 92.3Gender
Page 9 - 10Section 3Who am I Now?
Section 1 - Introduction to Identity
1. the condition or fact of being the same as or exactly alike; sameness; oneness 2. a) the condition or fact of being a specific person or thing; individuality b) the characteristics and qualities of a person, considered collectively and regarded as essential to that person’s self awareness c) the condition of being the same as a person or thing described or claimed (http://www.yourdictionary.com/identity)
Identity and the questions ‘who am I?’ and ‘where do I fit in this world?’ are asked by everyone at some point in their life, there is a need to ‘belong’. This need seems to be more prevalent in today’s society than in that of previous generations.
It was common in the early part of the 1900’s for children of ‘working class’ families to themselves be considered ‘working class’, this shaped not only how they saw themselves but how they were perceived by others. Many women of the same era had little or no identity outside of being a wife and mother.
Society today has changed so dramatically that the lines between class, gender and culture have blurred, leading to much greater flexibility. Although these changes are in the most part positive, we see more people searching for their ‘identity’. We have better choices, are more affluent, are better educated and are more culturally aware – yet we still struggle to understand who we are.
Identity is fluid, that is, how you identify yourself now may not be the same as 5 years ago or, 5 years from now. As life circumstances change, so to does your identity. You will be shaped by teenage experiences, work, study, marriage, children, locality, death and other people’s perception of you. History also plays a role in shaping your identity, there is a saying (origin unknown) that “you can’t go forward without first looking backward”. To fully understand who you are, you must first understand and acknowledge where you came from and what impact that has on how you see yourself and how others perceive you.
Understanding ones identity and how it has been shaped goes some way towards answering ‘who you are?’ and in doing so enables you to better understand others. “Identity refers to our internal, private experiences – the way we think, our feelings and how we perceive the world. The way we experience and feel about ourselves also shapes how we perceive and respond to others” (Bessant and Watts, 2007, p 153).
Section 2 - Experiences with the Axes
2.1.1 Description of Event – Race
My family emigrated to Australia in 1969 and after living in a Hostel we moved to Dapto in 1971. We lived in a small Housing Commission Estate and surrounded by people from many different countries, it was a great place to grow up. Our home was, by today’s standards, quite small – but I thought it was huge. The best thing about our Bangaroo Avenue was that we lived right across the road from the public pool.
School Holidays 1978
I can’t wait to get out and play, I think we’ll try to get a couple of teams together and play soccer on the paddock at the back of the pool. We played cricket yesterday but Marco from next door got hit in the face with a cricket ball and went home crying with a black eye!
School holidays have been great, mum and dad bought a season pass to the pool, so we have been swimming and sunbaking nearly every day. We went fishing down at Macquarie Rivulet last week and mum saw a big snake, I don’t think we’ll be going back there for a while!
There are heaps of kids to play with, some I...