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Rematerialising Children'S AgencyEveryday practices in a post-socialist estate$
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Matej Blazek

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322740

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322740.001.0001

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Notions of social identity

Notions of social identity

Chapter:
(p.197) Eleven Notions of social identity
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Rematerialising Children'S Agency
Author(s):

Matej Blazek

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447322740.003.0011

This chapter is inspired by what Foucault (1985) called the ‘practice of the self’, a reflective set of practices that establish a human subject and which are both situated in a dynamic set of conditions and actively seek to re-shape them. It connects to the rest of the book by investigating contacts between discourses, power relations and individual embodied practices as co-constituting social identity. It explores the moments when children establish and perform a sense of themselves against the notions of identity which they are assigned within their social relationships and within discourses produced by others, looking in turn at the idea of growing up, at ethnicity and gender.

Keywords:   social identity, performativity, practice of the self, power and discourse, growing up, ethnicity, roma, gender

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