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21A.218J / SP.454J / WGS.454J Identity and Difference, Fall 2002

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Show simple item record Silbey, Susan S. en_US
dc.coverage.temporal Fall 2002 en_US 2002-12
dc.identifier 21A.218J-Fall2002
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dc.identifier local: SP.454J
dc.identifier local: WGS.454J
dc.identifier local: IMSCP-MD5-77718145467473f07a0b8ec7c532ca76
dc.description.abstract How can the individual be at once cause and consequence of society, a unique agent of social action and also a social product? Why are some people accepted and celebrated for their particular features while other people and behaviors are considered deviant and stigmatized? This course examines theoretical perspectives on human identity, focusing on processes of creating categories of acceptable and deviant identities. We will discuss how identities are formed, how they vary, the forms and possibilities of unique or aggregate identities, how behaviors are labeled deviant, how people enter deviant roles and worlds, responses to differences and strategies of coping with these responses on the individual and group level. Rather than focus on the differences among various forms of deviant identity and behavior, we will consider the usefulness of various theoretical perspectives that attempt to explain patterns across diverse identities and differences. As we explore the meaning and experience of deviance, we will be simultaneously analyzing conformity. Throughout the course, we will use gender and sexuality as an example of frequently stigmatized forms of identity. en_US
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dc.subject human identity en_US
dc.subject deviance en_US
dc.subject conformity en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject sexuality en_US
dc.subject 21A.218J en_US
dc.subject SP.454J en_US
dc.subject WMN.454J en_US
dc.subject 21A.218 en_US
dc.subject SP.454 en_US
dc.subject WMN.454 en_US
dc.subject Difference (Psychology) en_US
dc.title 21A.218J / SP.454J / WGS.454J Identity and Difference, Fall 2002 en_US
dc.title.alternative Identity and Difference en_US

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