Studies: Representation and Identity
Definition of Terms
Identity: "The conceptions we hold of ourselves are we may call self-identity,
while the expectations and opinions of others form our social identity"
(Barker 165). "The positions which we take up and identify with constitute
our identities" (W 39)
subjectivitiy: "the condition of being a person and the processes by which
we become a person, that is, how we are constituted as subjects" (Barker
165). "Subjectivity include our sense of self. It involves
the conscious and unconscious thoughts and emotions which constitute our
sense of 'who we are' and positions within culture." (W 39)
I. Nature --
Essentialism vs. Constructionism
Gendered, Racialized, National
Identity and Difference, "the Constitutive Outside"
|I. Nature --
Self-Identity as a (narrative) project
From Enlightenment subject to fractured identity
Discursive and Psychic formations of identity
interpellation and investment
Crisis of identity (globalization -- W 15-19; Dislocation W 21)
Politics of Identity, of location
Strategic, positional defintion of identity
Diaspora identity (W 58)Agency, articulation
|IV. Identity and --
Identity and language/representation (W 14-15)
Identity and Body
Identity and History (W 19 -
What are Identity and Identification?
Questions on Woodward p. 11: "If identity is marked by difference, how
are differences between people manifested and represented?"
Questions on Woodward p. 13: "Is it possible to confirm ethnic or national
identity without claiming a recoverable history which supports a fixed
What is politics of identity and what are its possible problems?
(Ref. W 24)
Questions on Woodward p. 13: "Are identities fluid and changing and can
such an understanding of them sustain political commitment?"
Identity is relational (based on sameness and difference, depends on
a classificatory system--W 29 - ), exclusive, marked by symbol (Woodward
9), maintained through social and material conditions (Woodward 12).
Identity as a process -- Derrida (S 2); discursive approach (S
2); psychoanalytic (S 3)
"I use 'identity' to refer to the meeting point, the point of suture,
between on the one hand the discourses and practices which attempt to 'interpellate',
speak to us or hail us into place as the social subjects of particular
discourses, and on the other hand, the processes which produce subjectivities,
which construct us as subjects which can be 'spoken'. Identities
are thus temporary attachment to the subject positions which discursive
practices construct for us (S 6).