Identities in Asia
Dr Kevin McGahan
Dr Kankana Mukhopadhyay

The concept of identity is highly contentious, addressing our fundamental sense of belonging, imagining, and definitions of ourselves and others. This course explores how both for individuals, and for members of various social groups, identities are formed and also change over time. Using both top down and bottom-up approaches, we critically examine how individuals, communities and authorities have impacted the construction of personal and collective identities in Asia. Using theory, empirical studies, and real world examples, we question assumptions about self and group identities, recognising how these are shaped by institutions, such as families, schools, state agencies, businesses and even social media networks.


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