Answer in Brief
What is community identity and how is it formed?
- Community identity is based on birth and belonging rather than on some forms of acquired qualifications or accomplishments.
- These kinds of identities are called ascriptive i.e. they are determined by birth and individual’s choice is not involved.
- People feel a deep*sense of security and satisfaction in belonging to communities.
- Ascriptive identities such as community identities are difficult to shake off; even if we choose to disown them, others may continue to identify us by those very markers of belonging.
- Expanding and overlapping circles of community ties like family, kinship, ethnicity, language gives meaning to our world and give us a sense of identity.
- Ascriptive identities and community feelings are universal. Everyone has a motherland, a mother tongue, a family, a faith. And we all are equally committed to our respective identities.
- Our community provides us with our mother-tongue and the cultural values through which we comprehend the world. It, also, anchors our self-identity.
- The process of socialization involves continuous dialogue with our significant surroundings such as parents, kin, family and community. Thus, community is a very important part of our identity.
- Community conflicts are very hard to deal with since each side thinks the other side as a hated enemy and there is a tendency to exaggerate the virtues of one’s own side as well as the vices of the other side.
- It is very hard for people on either side to sec that they are constructing matching but reversed mirror images of each other.
- At times, both sides are indeed equally wrong or right; at other times, history may judge one side to be the aggressor and the other to be the victim.
- But this can happen long after the heat of the conflict has cooled down.
- Some notion of a mutually agreeable truth is hard to arrive at in situations if identity conflict.
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