. . identity is about belonging, about what you have in common with some people and what differentiates you from others. At most basic, it gives you sense of personal location, the stable core to your individuality. it is also about your social relationships, your complex involvement with others" (Weeks 1996, p.24). What seems to be the most characteristic of this definition is that it reconciles two apparently distinct spheres - personal and social. With this definition and available social scientific material in mind, I will try to relate relevant examples of my own experience to the quote, and in the process to better understand which factors have contributed to the formation of my identity.
First of all, as we have mentioned the complexity of the social structure of modern societies, it is necessary to emphasise which social factors actually create such a complexity. For this purpose we can employ several relevant sociological concepts. ...Show more