Difference Between Culture And Identity

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Culture and identity, through my paradigm, have never been two separate variables rather I have always viewed them as interchangeable definitions that coincide with one another. For example, with deductive reasoning, one can examine culture as producing a certain identity (also known as a top-down approach). Through an inductive way of thought, one could gain a sense of culture by taking into account an individual’s identity. In the most basic sense, culture and identity operate on the same binary and are limited reflections of each other. Historically, culture and cultural identity have been consistently targeted and attacked by royalty, government institutions, church establishments, dictators, and tyrants. These forces would often result in ethnic cleansing and genocide, in order to gain a semblance of control over their people. Culture is an inherently creative and diverse concept that some leaders found and still find threatening today; continuously, they seek cultural homogeneity within their communities in hopes that this will create a more obedient society. Moreover, identity is more personal and therefore harder (though not impossible) to attack. Unfortunately, few understand the tool that is intersectionality: as human beings, we are composed of various identities that intersect. This constituent of feminism helps to address the multiplicities of discrimination such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and Islamophobia, etc. As a result, we try to understand our own
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