Your Identity Zones: Who Am I? Who Are You? How Do We Get Along?

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Capital Books, 2004 - Business & Economics - 229 pages
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In the spirit of partisanship in an age of growing diversity, this ground-breaking new book reveals a new way to understand ourselves and others by mapping our "Identity Zones." Renowned identity expert Mark Williams divides identity into two broad categories--"affiliations" (like age, race, gender, religion, socioeconomic, and marital status) and "values" (like honesty, integrity, generosity, patriotism, individual freedom). Williams's "Identity Zones" measure how strongly we feel about given affiliations and values and provide a valuable roadmap for understanding each other and learning how to get along better at work and home.

The Identity Zones measure:
* Temperature -- From hot to warm to cold, how sensitive are you about this part of your identity?
* Circle of Inclusion -- From closed to selective to open, how much does it influence your choice of friends and lovers, where you live, what you join?
* Commitment -- From activist to engaged to passive, how willing are you to work to "change hearts and minds"?
* Strategy -- From transformational to reformist to conformist, are you more likely to "get radical" and battle the issues, or work within the system?
* Power -- From high to medium to low, how empowered do you feel?

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Mark Williams is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Georgia and coeditor of Lamar Archaeology: Mississippian Chiefdoms in the Deep South.

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