Cultural Identity. Theories, Approaches, Stages & Types. COM263: Intercultural Communication Arizona State University. Sarah Amira de la Garza, Professor From Martin & Nakayama, chapter 5. Identities & Culture. Identity.
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Theories, Approaches, Stages & Types
COM263: Intercultural Communication
Arizona State University
Sarah Amira de la Garza, Professor
From Martin & Nakayama, chapter 5
identity The concept of who we are. Character- istics of identity may be understood differently depending on the per- spectives that people take—for example, social science, interpretive, or critical perspectives.
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Like the developmental models that come out of learning theory, those who have studied race and culture have identified stages that are reflected in the identities that individuals develop regarding ethnicity.
The identification with the cultural notions of masculinity and femininity and what it means to be a man or a woman.
One’s identification with various categories of sexuality.
The identification with the cultural conventions of how we should act, look, and behave according to our age.
Identifying with a particular racial group. Although in the past racial groups were classified on the basis of biological characteristics, most scientists now recognize that race is constructed in fluid social and historical contexts.
(1) A set of ideas about one’s own ethnic group mem- bership; (2) a sense of belonging to a particular group and knowing some- thing about the shared experience of the group.
U.S. Americans who identify not only with being U.S. citizens but also as being members of ethnic groups.