A Classical View Of Identity

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A classical view of identity focuses on an entity that it inherent, fixed and non-contingent within an individual (Changing Minds 2013). Contrariwise, Michel Foucault rejected this notion and identified the self as being defined by a continuing discourse in a shifting communication of oneself to others (Changing Minds 2013). Additionally, Foucault’s notion of discourse can be described as the network of social, political and cultural knowledge’s, created by language, which we recognize as reality (Foucualt 1970, as cited in Pallota-Chiarolli, Deakin University HSH313 Contemporary Health Issues Lecture 2, slide 2, 2014). Thus, Foucault’s notion increases the ways that the individual can be constituted in and through these practices.

A person’s individuality is a multifaceted phenomenon, where both environmental and genetic factors play a major role in constituting one’s identity (De Lamo White & Jin 2011). Australian society is multicultural and multi-lingual, thus for many children including myself, English is not their dominant or only language spoken (De Lamo White & Jin 2011). Provided that both my parents are of Greek descent and our main form of communication at home was in Greek, I began to speak Greek fluently from an early age. Additionally, my ability to speak Greek from an early age has contributed to the constitution of my identity as I continue to speak the language fluently within the context of my immediate family and attend many Greek-cultured events such as…
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