Identity and globalization

Krassimir Stojanov

The main thesis of this paper is that the conceptualisation of the processes of
globalization and social pluralization requires to assign to the term “identity” the
status of a central category of social sciences and humanities. That is why this term
– if we understand it in a non-essentialist way – focuses on the process of interactively
mediated self-relation and self-creation, a process that makes possible the
constitution of a socially situated subjectivity that is a necessary condition for managing
one’s own biography in the context of being confronted with irreducibly different
role expectations, cultural horizons and grammars of group belongings.

Published 4 February 2003
Original in English

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