Multiple Identities and Intersectional Theory in the Context of Multiculturalism 1. This chapter reviews the construct of intersectionality in relation to multiple social-group memberships and multiple social identities. Identity Wounds Identity Wounds. A person can go from having multiple genders to a single gender and back again. As a result, having multiple important identities may result in a greater probability that interference between these identities will result. Intersectionality theory stresses the importance of considering an individual’s combination of group memberships and identities to more thoroughly understand the individual’s unique social experiences and worldview. Within Western thought the subject — that is, the self as a thinking, feeling, psycho-physiological entity — has been traditionally defined as a centered consciousness, characterized and unified by one self-defining identity. This chapter discusses the consideration of multiple identities that people have and that exist in situated interaction. It covers the relation between identity theory and other related theories, as well as the nature and operation of identities. The first part of this paper presents the issue of "multiple identities" as it has been addressed in Erik Erikson's psychosocial theory and as it has been addressed by Erikson's critics. Categorization plays a fundamental role in organizing daily interactions with the social world. an unimportant identity. Similarly, Nash calls out the uneasy tension between whether intersectionality “is a theory of marginalised subjectivity or a generalised theory of identity” (2008, p. 10). Such a decentered subjectivity can encompass many different, perhaps even contradictory, identities, and is not necessarily centered by one self-defining or "true" identity. Other multigenders involve moving through single genders one at a time. Furthermore, interference between multiple central identities may be especially likely if the cultures associ-ated with them differ. Identity, Multiple: Overview. Multiple identity, on the other hand, is one specific conceptualization of the more general idea that the subject is not centered, but instead decentered and multiple. Some multigenders involve multiple gender identities that each do not change. It considers the case of multiple identities within a person, and then examines multiple identities within a situation. Chapter: (p.187) 11 Identity Wounds Source: Navigating Multiple Identities Author(s): Michal Krumer-Nevo Menny Malka Publisher: Oxford University Press Genderfluid is sometimes used this way, though it can also mean moving through different multigenders. 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