Social Identity

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Social Identity
In the Article “Social Identity,” written by Richard Jenkins, he shows us how a person establishes a certain social identity and how people come across views of others. He also makes a strong point to show the reader how some everyday situations let us find out too much about a persons’ social identity. Just as an example, in the text Jenkins explains how an immigration official at an airport is someone who could have access to information about some of the core pieces to your social identity. Jenkins also talks about how a change in situation can really bring forth a persons’ true self-identity and how it can change at any moment. Finally Jenkins talks about how we all naturally judge people and establish impressions. Richard Jenkins main points of the article all help define what social identity is, but ultimately social identity is chosen, established by that person and can very well be changed at any time.

Jenkins literal definition of social identity is, the ways in which individuals and collectivities are distinguished in their social relations with other individuals and collectivities. It is our understanding of who we are and of who other people are. He states that ones social identity is never a final settled matter; it is constantly growing or changing. All these facts show us that a person’s social identity is established and based off real data not just perceived information. Even though people can try and debate a persons social identity it is usually made up from solid information, like anything from their skin color to their type of employment. Social identity plays a huge role in our everyday lives and really is the definition of us as seen by ourselves and or others. Social identity does not have to remain the same however; it can change and often does frequently.

A person cannot truly be defined during his time of success or triumph, but can only be defined during their time of distress and confrontation....