Sociological Concepts Of Identity And Globalization

1083 Words Apr 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Suggested by Van Kreiken, sociology helps researchers ‘understand the world around them, especially how it is changing. (Kreiken 2011, p2) thus it is only natural that sociologists are intrigued at how relationships operate and their evolution over the past century. This essay will endeavor to critically examine the sociological concepts of identity and globalization, and the manner in which they have swayed the aspect of human relationships in Australian society, over the course of history. My Japanese grandparents’ generation, which will be referred to as ‘Generation X’, will also be considered by analyzing the differences in regards to this issue with my generation, ‘The Millennial’s’.

The notion of identity is an enduring subject that sociologists have been analyzing for a period of time. Richard Jenkins connotes that ‘identity is our understanding of who we are and of who other people are, and, reciprocally, other people’s understanding of themselves and of others’ (Jenkins 2004, p5) Our identity dictates the manner in which humans interact with one another and by doing so, people create relationships with one another. Thus, human relationships are molded by two, or more, individual identities uniting. There are various ways one can be identified, such as race, religion or sexuality. These terms, or labels, can determine how society interprets an individual and influence their behavior towards the one person, thus their relationship with one another. For example, the…
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