Weekly Roundup: Week 10-Identity

Weekly Roundup: Week 10- Identity

Timothy Borchers states: “Our conception of what it means to be human is constantly shifting because the categories we use to create and establish identities are constantly shifting.  There is no essence to our identity.  Foucault adds that discourse and disciplinary practices create certain kinds of beings” (Borchers 303)

Essentially, “what it means to be human has varied over time” (293).  Applied to my personal life I can see that my experience as a Canadian is vastly different than the experience held by Canadians years ago!  While my experience differs from past generations of Canadians many core values have remained unchanged.

What categories create our identity as postmodern Canadians?

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In visiting friends in the southern states I was able to gain perspective on what makes up my identity as a Canadian (both from differences I observed and observations they made).  My little Canadian-isms that came second nature to me were foreign to them, which leads me to believe that I act the way I do because of the rhetoric that has been taught to me.  I was born a Canadian and subsequently trained to be one.  This is seen in my core cultural values all the way to more simple and non-consequential things (like word pronunciations).

One thing I know for sure is, I am proud to be part of a nation that has core values that honour and respect all people!

We are POLITE

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We are MULTICULTURAL

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We value INDIVIDUALITY

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We value POSSIBILITY

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We VALUE the world around us

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Sources: 

Borchers, Timothy A. Rhetorical Theory: An Introduction. Long Grove, IL: Waveland, 2011. Print.

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