The Program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan describes social identity groups based on the physical, social, and mental characteristics of individuals. They are sometimes obvious and clear, sometimes not obvious and unclear, often self-claimed and frequently ascribed by others. For example, racial groupings are often ascribed as well as self-claimed.
Narui led a Professional Development learning experience on the topic of Social Identity groups and role of the Cycle of Socialization may have in our learning, how this may have affected beliefs about race, and strategies for aligning these concepts for anti-racist movements.
Following are resources related to the concepts of social identity and socialization.
You may know exactly what race you are, but how would you prove it if somebody disagreed with you? Jenée Desmond Harris explains in this brief five minute video describing race as a social construct. [Video length: 5 minutes and 11 seconds]
Social Identity Wheel
Social identity groups are based on the physical, social, and mental characteristics of individuals. Government, schools, and employers often ask an individual to claim a racial identity group or simply ascribe one to an individual based on visual perception. Other social identities are personally claimed but not often announced or easily visually ascribed such as sexual orientation, religion or disability status. This article shares examples of social identity groupings and the Social Identity Wheel offered by the The Program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan.
Cycle of Socialization
Bobbie Harro’s Cycle of Socialization is one way of representing how the socialization process happens, from what sources it comes, how it affects our lives, and how it perpetuates itself.