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Concepts of identification, self-identification and identity in socio-philosophical comprehension

A.S. Petrakova

UDC 130.1:316.6

A.S. Petrakova is Cand. Sci. (Philosophy), Lecturer at the Academic College at Academy of Marketing and Social and Information Technologies IMSIT, Krasnodar  e-mail:


Analyzed is the problem of concepts of identification, self-identification and identity in socio-philosophical comprehension. The significance of the research topic is predicated by the fact that a clear understanding of the essence and structure of the processes of identification and self-identification of an individual gives an idea of how a person becomes such; and what social or individual variables cause a shaping effect. In this regard, the purpose of the research is to specify the comprehension of the essence of personal identification and self-identification processes; and at the same time, the outcome of such processes - the identity. In this study, the structural and functional approach was used, which made it possible to identify the structure of identity and apprehend the factors of its formation. As a result of the conducted research it was established that identification is a process of interaction with an external (mainly social) environment, in duration of such process the personality establishes equation with objects and phenomena of the external world. Self-identification allows to compare the components of your own defined self with each other, having exercised the communication of thought. The processes of identification and self-identification together form the identity of the individual; an equation both to themselves and to society, and therefore, such equation have two structure levels, i.e. personal and social. The materials of the paper could be used as a theoretical and methodological basis for further study of the issues of identification and self-identification of the individual, as well as for pedagogical purposes for teaching the course of social philosophy.

Key words: identification, identity, manipulation, grounds of identification, self-identification, consciousness, communication, social interaction.


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