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Identity shaping through group affiliations

Identityshaping through group affiliations


Identityshaping through group affiliations

Thequalities, values, and beliefs associated with a person can bereferred to as his or her identity. The identity of a person is,therefore, an important factor which determines how a person isperceived and treated by people in the society such as a student’sidentity in a college setting. A student, just like any other personwould like to have a good identity in the society through theassociations made to certain groups. This paper illustrates how theidentity of a college student might be shaped through associationswith different groups.

Associationswith certain groups can shape the identity of a student (Appiah,2013). In the college setting, some groups may be perceived to besuperior or better to others thus the association of a student withsuch a group can help in shaping the student’s identity. Forexample, a certain religious group may be populous in a collegesetting thus associating with such a group might sharpen the identityof a student.

Theidentity of a student can also be shaped by the contributions made toa certain group by the student through associating with such a group.In many settings, the female gender has on many occasions faceddiscrimination. A female student can, therefore, shape her identityby fighting the rights of fellow female students in a collegeestablishment. For instance, a female student can be perceived to bestrong for fighting for an elective post in student’s leadership ofa particular college (Appiah, 2013).

Theidentity of a student can be shaped through associations to differentgroups. Group associations can shape the identity of a student eitherby the group’s identity or through the student’s contribution tothe group. It is, therefore, advisable for students to seek to shapetheir identity by bringing change to a certain group of people.


Appiah,K. (2013). Stereotypes and the Shaping of Identity. CaliforniaLaw Review,88(1),41. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3481272