Re: On Neutral Ground and Identity

Ania Lian (ania@LINGUA.CLTR.UQ.OZ.AU)
Tue, 19 Sep 1995 12:35:29 +1000

> ..." Why do some individuals spend their time trying to figure
> out what culture and ethnicity they belong to, when they can be more
> productive in life? It seems to me that the concepts of independence and
> individuality are diminished in the generality of culture. Mr. Benke's
> paragraph above states one of the reasons why I am interested in
> anthropology; I want to understand why some people have this *need* to
> "belong" to a particular group
> Matthew Stoloff
The problem may be different, i.e. not a need to "belong" but the constant
realisation or being reminded by others that they DO NOT BELONG.