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Identity: Two objects are never identical. Identity is a single object, to which may be referred to with two different terms. The fact that two descriptions mean a single object may be discovered only in the course of an investigation.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Upton I 120
Identity/Anthropology/Upton: Studies from anthropology have suggested that this Western view, with its emphasis on the distinctiveness of the individual from others, differs from that of other cultures. There is evidence that non-Western cultures have a more socially centred ideal of the person that plays down, rather than draws attention to, the distinction between the self and others (Kim and Berry, 1993)(1). This has led some psychologists to challenge the tradition of emphasizing the importance of the development of the self, and of identity over the development of social relations (Guisinger and Blatt, 1994)(2).
Indeed, there is evidence that connectedness in the form of family relationships and friendships can enhance the search for identity in adolescence (Kamptner, 1988)(3).



1. Kim, U and Berry, JW (1993) Indigenous Psychologies: Research and experience in cultural context. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
2. Guisinger, SJ and Blatt, S (1994) Individuality and relatedness: evolution of a fundamental dialectic. American Psychologist, 49: 104-11.
3. Kamptner, LN (1988) Identity development in early adolescence: causal modeling of social and familial influences. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 17:493-513.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Anthropology
Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011


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