In this article the author maintains that the notion of identity originates at the intersubjective level from identification and self-identification practices, whose actualization is needed in order for individuals to interact with each other. Therefore, the very term identity should be considered as misleading in that it always entails a reference to (social) identification. In the first section, the relationship between identity and identification is considered in the light of Erving Goffman's notion of 'stigma'. In the second section, the case of sexual/gender identity of 'transgendered persons' is briefly discussed in order to shw in what sense the overlapping between identity and identification is closely related to the social controlo of individual diversity.
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