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The Empowered SelfLaw and Society in the Age of Individualism$
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Thomas Franck

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248094

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248094.001.0001

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A Different Future: Individualism as Identity

A Different Future: Individualism as Identity

(p.38) 3 A Different Future: Individualism as Identity
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This chapter describes the dawning of a notion that identity, whatever its manifestation, is a personal attribute — whether it be global solidarity, xenophobic tribalism, enlightened liberal nationalism, or something else. An individual's identity is increasingly self-chosen, rather than imposed by accident of birth or some liege-lords' fiat. New is the dawning of a spirit of individual assertiveness: a refusal to accept as absolutely determinative the identities traditionally handed out to persons by those claiming to be ordained by God, history, or the law.

Keywords:   identity, individual assertiveness, nation, tribalism, nationalism

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