Perceptions and ideas of belonging, or of not belonging, vary. -Perceptions – how someone sees or understands belonging (subjective view). -Ideas – may attempt to present objectively (e.g. thesis or academic article.) Of belonging or not belonging.
-Belonging/Not Belonging - to understand/explore any concept look at its opposite as well. Define and understand belonging by what it is, but also confine/restrict that concept by understanding what it isn’t. Perceptions are shaped within personal, cultural, historical and social contexts. -Contexts – background, circumstances relevant to.
-Shaped – ways of thinking, experiences – our understanding of the world and others based on our experience with it. A sense of belonging can emerge from the connections made with people, places, groups, communities and the larger world. -Connections – a relationship in which a person, thing or idea is linked or associated with something else. -A sense of belonging – feeling, subjective, personal
-People – siblings, partners, parents, strangers
Belonging in terms of experiences, notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding -Experiences – relates to the notions of identity. Experiences with self, others and the world. -Cannot belong if an individual is insecure; to feel accepted and understand. Vocabulary/terminology i.e. words associated with belonging and not belonging. Can describe individuals, groups, states of being, conditions, circumstances etc. BelongingNot Belonging
People who belong
-Classmates -People who don’t belong