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A brief introduction to thinking about identity in the 21st century

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A brief introduction to thinking about identity in the 21st century

January 18, 2018

At Sodexo we employ over 425,000 people and value the diversity of our identities in relation to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and many other aspects of identity that make each one of us unique. We also serve millions of people at different moments of their daily life and at different times in their life. Today, our identities seem to be more varied and complex than ever before and we need to navigate them on a daily basis.

That’s why, in March 2017, the Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life convened a round-table with academic experts from University College London Anthropology to deconstruct the concept of ‘identity’ and explore how it consists of multiple intersecting vectors that may or may not inform one another. Founded on this conversation, the Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life produced a report to serve as a guide for thinking about the dynamic and complex nature of our identities and develop a more comfortable approach to navigating multiple components. Useful tips for thinking about identity in the 21st century include:

  • Understanding different stages of freedom over identity

  • Understanding how identity can be a resource (or a liability)

  • Understanding identity in relation to the online world and social media


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