(Originally published in French in elements, 2004, 113, summer.) Contemplates the meaning & philosophies of identity. The problem of identity -- voiced through the question, "Who am I?" -- is representative of modern societies, & identity within traditional & pre-modern cultures is discussed. The concept identity was transformed during the Enlightenment & the relationship between identity & political ideologies is analyzed. Recognition, including mutual recognition, is deemed essential to one's personal & collective identities, & additional complexities of individual & collective identities are identified. The effects of postmodernism & globalization on identity are pondered. L. Collins Leigh
The politics of dignity -- The third part of the soul -- Inside and outside -- From dignity to democracy -- Revolutions of dignity -- Expressive individualism -- Nationalism and religion -- The wrong address -- Invisible man -- The democratization of dignity -- From identity to identities -- We the people -- Stories of peoplehood -- What is to be done?