Deaux’s article “Social Identity” not only introduced you to various social identity categories but also to some theories concerning the nature of social identities. You learned that all social identities affect your thinking, your emotions, and your behavior. For example, you may or may not share the way people attribute certain characteristics to specific social identities; one or more of your social identities may evoke strong emotions in you, and different social identities may influence you to behave in certain ways.Considering that society attributes certain stereotypical traits to different social identities, at this point in the course, which of your social identities do you believe conforms most/least to the stereotypical traits attributed to it by society—and in what ways? Which one of your social identities evokes deep, strong emotions, and in what ways does this emotional connection manifest itself in your life? In what way(s) do any or all of your social identities influence your behavior when you are with people who are like you/different from you—and in what ways do other people’s or groups’ behaviors influence your social roles?Once you have spent some time reflecting on these questions, summarize your responses and add at least one new insight or question related to the connections you perceive between social identities and diversity.
Deaux’s article “Social Identity” not only introduced you to various social identity categories but also to some theories concerning the nature of social identities. You learned that all social identi
Running head: WHAT ARE MY SOCIAL IDENTITIES? Week 1 Assignment: My Social Identities Alexis Lowe Walden University EDUC 6164: Perspectives on Diversity and Equity Professor Wendy McCarthy July 2nd, 2020 Identifying My Social Identities According to the text of Deaux (2001) Social identities express who we are based on our beliefs as an individual. There are various ways social identities can be constructed. For example, race and ethnicity, education, religion, social class and so forth. Even more so, social identity is made up of the labels projected onto a person based on how society views someone’s personal identity. However, one must remember there are some factors which are extremely important in shaping one’s personal social identity such as, their culture, memories, traditions or even their societal labels. Furthermore, according to the article titled, “Does culture shape our identity” it is safe to say social identities include self-characteristics that will be used to categorize and group individuals within our society. Therefore, the social identities I have chosen are: feminist, middle-class, Democrat, mother, African-American, Pentacostal Christian, Heterosexual, young adult, and Black Lives Matter. The Social Identity that cannot be Categorized The one social identity that can not be categorized is the Black Lives Matter. It can not be categorized simply because it is not a social identity rather an ideological and political intervention where many blacks are advocating for non-violent civil disobedience in protest against incidents of police brutality facing many African-American individuals in today’s society. Over the last few months, we have seen many protests spread across the United States rallying for Black Lives Matter. Many African-Americans took to the street protesting, pushing many supporters and allies to the polls for the November 2020 Presidential Election. Many African-Americans demand justice and even changes on the issues of racial injustice, police brutality, criminal justice reform, black immigration and even more leniency in voting rights led by suppression. Disadvantages/Advantages of my social identities Unfortunately, it hurts me to say the least that having a social identity of being Black or African-American is a disadvantage to me. According to the text of Horowitz, Brown & Cox (2019) Regardless of race or ethnicity, many adults say blacks are treated less fairly than whites in encounters with police or the Criminal Justice system. Even more so, being a Black African- American has hurt my ability to get ahead. Even more so, growing up with Black African-American brothers many white people have acted as though we were suspicious or let alone not even half as smart when compared to other races. Furthermore, growing up in a predominantly African-American household and neighborhood we were taught early on about the challenges we might face simply because of our race. For example, we could get shot by the police while unarmed. However, I will say that my social identities of being a feminst, christian and a young adult have been an advantage for me. Being a mother, I have learned to love someone else besides myself. Even better than that, being a mother has helped me in regards to personal growth in becoming more patient, responsible and even sympathetic. Now, when it comes to being Christian I also see this social identity as an advantage. My religion of Christianity is what gets me up in the morning. It is important and an advantage because it allows me to worship with great benefits of spiritual and emotional growth; thus, a sense of belonging. Christianity has taught me what is right or wrong morally which I abide by daily in order to live a peaceful happy life in today’s society. Lastly, being the social identity I have chosen such as a fat person is indeed a disadvantage. Being labeled or called “Fat” poses not only detrimental threats to my health physically but also mentally. It makes me doubt my beauty on the inside and out. However, being given the social identity of “Fat” makes it hard for me to go out in public without being judged or ridiculed based on my weight. Stereotypical Traits
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