6.0 ECTS / 60 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 30 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)
doc. dr. Marjeta Mencin Čeplak
- Undergraduate Programme of Sociology
This course introduces conceptualizations of identity and self, mechanisms and processes of becoming a person and a self-aware being. The fundamental theoretical starting-points of the course are the theorizations of identity in symbolic interactionism, Foucauldian theorization of power, knowledge and technologies of self, Althusser's theorization of ideology and ideological interpellation, and psychoanalytic theory of identification. Identity is considered as a never-ending process of continuous (re)constructing of individual’s relation to social positions given to her/him without her/his consent, against it or with it. The course emphasizes the social mediation of our sense of identity and self: by others’ expectations, (contradictory and ambiguous) identifications, social categorisations, social norms and law, knowledge. It emphasizes that identity is always about difference, which is the source of inescapable conflictness. The course informs about the main axes of stigmatisation, discrimination and subordination of individuals and groups regarding their deviancy from the norm of usefulness, utilisation, normalcy. Students are informed about concepts and constructions of collective identities and identity politics, as well as with critical analysis of emancipatory struggles grounded on the identification with social categories.
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