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Punctualizing Identity: Time and the Demanding Relation

Rolland Munro
Sociology
Vol. 38, No. 2 (APRIL 2004), pp. 293-311
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42858148
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

Questions of identity, the nuance of self to context or culture, continue to dominate despite a fashion to imagine 'structures' of class, status and ethnicity as becoming less demanding and, hence, more fluid and open to choice. In contrast to a of individuals suspended in fluids of their own making, this article introduces the idea of identity being punctualized a 'revealing' of each specified identity the here and now; and in response to the 'demand' of others. Accepting is a positioning effect requiring those making demands to be in a position to their specific reading on identity, the article draws on Henry James's novel Ambassadors, to illustrate a timing effect in which each 'call' demands a display identity that annuls other 'calls' - precisely by overtaking these in the here and These demands arguably overlap with Heidegger's formulation, in which the demanding relation is general and is presented as the effect of technology: technology transforms everything in nature, including ourselves, into things 'standing in advance'. Relations are not attenuated, so much as it matters more what identity being produced (and when).

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