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Title : 21A.218J Identity and Difference (MIT)

Description : 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

Fromsemester : Fall

Fromyear : 2002

Creator :

Date : 2011-02-02T02:02:52+05:00

Relation : 21A.218J

Relation : SP.454J

Relation : WGS.454J

Language : en-US

Subject : human identity

Subject : deviance

Subject : conformity

Subject : gender

Subject : sexuality

Subject : WMN.454J

Subject : 21A.218

Subject : SP.454

Subject : WMN.454

Publisher : MIT OpenCourseWare

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