Week 4, Negotiating Caribbean Identities, Stuart Hall, (Castle)

October 22, 2007

Beginning with an emphasis on the role of culture in providing a fixed, anchoring understanding of one’s identity, Hall takes a postcolonial approach to revealing the complexities of Caribbean identity formation.  Hall’s initial suggestions about the role of culture in being a fundamental aspect of human identity formation to brought me to self-reflection.  I have been thinking lately, possibly due to recent interactions with those outside of my cultural background, about how much culture has shaped how I understand the essence of who I am. I often look to upbringing, personality, life experience, class, educational background, religious experience as primary to identity formation with culture included.  I will frequently view culture more from a sociological standpoint, noting how it influences a particular group of people, while not reflecting as much on individual identity formation.

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