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Individual and Society Identity Embodiment

In this course, we will examine the individual in society in terms of the embodiment, expression and management of social identity constructs which are achieved or ascribed through group memberships, structural arrangements, and/or other forms of interaction between the individual and society. The course is divided in two parts. In the first part of the course, we will examine the three dominant perspectives on self and identity formation and management within sociological social psychology, including: symbolic interactionism; dramaturgy and the presentation of self, stigma, labeling, and embodiment theory; and finally, social constructionism. In the second part of the course, we will examine the management and embodiment of selected social identity constructs: including: emotion-based/influenced identities; the athletic identity; online identities - celebrities and everyday people; gender and sexual identity; the criminal and victim identity; and finally, the injured, sick or ill identity. Through our discussions, we will explore the relationship between agency and constraint; the authenticity of the self and identity in the embodiment process; impacts on social exchanges and relationships; and finally, the embodiment and management of these social identities on an individual and collective level. This is a seminar style course format that requires active participation, attendance and contribution from all members of the class. More information on the seminar style approach is noted below.

SOCIOL 4R03

Individual and Society Identity Embodiment

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): IV Term(s): Fall Offered?: Yes

In this course, we will examine the individual in society in terms of the embodiment, expression and management of social identity constructs which are achieved or ascribed through group memberships, structural arrangements, and/or other forms of interaction between the individual and society. The course is divided in two parts. In the first part of the course, we will examine the three dominant perspectives on self and identity formation and management within sociological social psychology, including: symbolic interactionism; dramaturgy and the presentation of self, stigma, labeling, and embodiment theory; and finally, social constructionism. In the second part of the course, we will examine the management and embodiment of selected social identity constructs: including: emotion-based/influenced identities; the athletic identity; online identities - celebrities and everyday people; gender and sexual identity; the criminal and victim identity; and finally, the injured, sick or ill identity. Through our discussions, we will explore the relationship between agency and constraint; the authenticity of the self and identity in the embodiment process; impacts on social exchanges and relationships; and finally, the embodiment and management of these social identities on an individual and collective level. This is a seminar style course format that requires active participation, attendance and contribution from all members of the class. More information on the seminar style approach is noted below.


Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV Honours Sociology or Honours Social Psychology program or permission of the department.