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Belonging Introduction. Digging into the Concept. Belonging. ... is a concept ... is shown in texts in a variety of ways. ...impacts on our identity & sense of self. Belonging offers. Connections to: Family Place Race Culture Community Nation . Many of these begin at birth. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Belonging Introduction

Digging into the ConceptBelonging Introduction

Belonging...... is a concept... is shown in texts in a variety of ways....impacts on our identity & sense of self.

Belonging offersConnections to: Family Place Race Culture Community Nation

Many of these begin at birth.

Patriotism, Nationalism & Culture


Texts can explore positive associations with belonging.

Texts can also explore the problems connected with not belonging

A sense of Not Belonging can generate negative feelings of:

Alienation Disaffection EstrangementDislocation Isolation Marginalisation Rebellion

Activity 1Read the truisms about Belonging.

Are they totally accurate?

In pairs/small groups, think of examples where they might not always ring true. Be prepared to share with the class.

Activity 1 TruismsPeople feel fulfilled when they belong.Belonging is important to everyone.Not belonging fosters a sense of unworthiness and loneliness.Belonging takes time.When given the choice, people will always choose to belong.

Developing a ThesisAvoid writing a truism about belonging in your essays.A thesis should NOT be a factual statement. It should be a personalised observation about what belonging signifies. You need to prove your thesis through logical analysis.

Activity 2 Harry Harlow Monkey Experiment...View the clip on YouTube.Click here.What does this say about belonging?

Activity 3 What others say...To dig into the concept more, lets look at what others say about belonging. For each quote, write down what you think the speaker really means.

Quotes on Belonging Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. ~ Bertrand Russel ~

Quotes on BelongingFamily traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.~ Susan Lieberman~

Quotes on BelongingIn union there is strength.

~ Aesop ~

Quotes on BelongingSticks in a bundle are unbreakable.

~ Kenyan Proverb ~

Quotes on BelongingWe may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race.

~ Kofi Annan ~

Quotes on BelongingThere are realities we all share, regardless of our nationality, language or individual tastes. As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment: love, kindness, appreciation, and support from others. We need to understand our environment and our relationship to it. We need to fulfil certain inner hungers: the need for happiness, for peace of mind for wisdom.

~ J. Donald Walters ~

Quotes on BelongingMany of us are also nourished by friends, whom we love as family. We belong not only to them but also to other loved ones, to our neighbourhood, our town, our state, our country and our world.~ Peggy OMara ~

Quotes on where I drew my first breath. It is where I will always derive a sense of place and a sense of belonging.

~ Paul Tsongas ~

Quotes on BelongingIn all cultures, the family imprints its members with selfhood. Human experience of identity has two elements; a sense of belonging and a sense of being separate. The laboratory in which these ingredients are mixed and dispensed is the family, the matrix of identity.~ Salvador Minuchin ~

Quotes on BelongingThe conflict between the need to belong to a group and the need to be seen as unique and individual is the dominant struggle of adolescence.~ Jeanne Elium ~

Discoveries about Belonging?After discussing the quotes, what have you personally learnt or discovered about belonging? (Your teacher will ask you to record this.)

You might like to ask students to write these ideas on cardboard & display around the room; or text a friend; or type it into their phone to come back to later. 24Activity 4 Consequences of BelongingLook carefully at the table.Fill in the opposing columns. Work with a friend or team. Be prepared to share with the class & offer examples to clarify your ideas.

Consequences of Belonging/Not BelongingBelonging in a positive sense +Belonging in a negative sense -Not belonging in a positive sense +Not belonging in a negative sense -Sense of placeIndependenceCo-operationIsolationAcceptance / InclusionSelf-determinationSocial pressureSeclusion / LonelinessPeer pressureAutonomyMob mentalitySense of unworthinessUniformityPersonal fulfilmentConsequences of Belonging/Not BelongingBelonging in a positive sense +Belonging in a negative sense -Not belonging in a positive sense +Not belonging in a negative sense -Sense of placeConformityIndependenceAlienationCo-operationLoss of freedomIndividualismIsolationAcceptance / InclusionTotalitarianismSelf-determinationSeparation / EstrangementFamily & communitySocial pressureFreedom of expressionSeclusion / LonelinessRelationshipsPeer pressureAutonomySegregation / DisengagementSense of securityMob mentalitySelf-assuranceSense of unworthinessUniformityPressures to conformPersonal fulfilmentDisillusionment / ConfusionActivity 4 Share Your ResponsesHave you discovered any other new insights into Belonging?

Activity 5 Exploring the Concept in Texts Activity 5. a) Telstra Ad: We Are Australian

View the advertisement on YouTube.Click here.Respond to the questions.

Telstra AdIs this an effective ad for Telstra? Why or why not?How does it appeal to responders emotions?What belonging ideas can you identify?How were they communicated?Exploring the Concept in Texts Activity 5. b) Radio Excerpt: Haywire The Voice of Regional Youth

Listen to the radio excerpt. Respond to the questions.Radio ExcerptWhat positive aspects of belonging are conveyed?How much does place impact on our sense of belonging?

Imagine you were someone who disagreed with the speaker. Who might you be? Explain your opposing views.

Exploring the Concept in Texts Activity 5. c)

View the presentation. Click HereRespond to the questions.

Video PresentationIn what ways is our sense of belonging changeable?Why are some people marginalised in society?

Exploring the Concept in Texts Activity 5. d) Dr Marjorie Dixon

View the monologue. Respond to the questions.

Click here

MonologueIn what ways is our sense of belonging changeable?What are the key signifiers of our sense of self?In what ways can complex and multi-layered perceptions of belonging be conveyed?Write a thesis statement about this text. What does it really say about belonging?(Not a truism or fact.)

Have you discovered any other new insights into Belonging?

Hopefully these ideas came up...Belonging is a changing state, rarely fixed or reliable. Outside forces can seriously impact on the ways individuals see themselves and their place in society at large.

Social identity and roles often determine the extent to which individuals are included, accepted and valued.

Hopefully these ideas came up...Humanity is driven by a fundamental need to belong but conformity can be suffocating.

Self-esteem and personal integrity are vital ingredients for a positive sense of belonging on both the individual and social level.

The development of a sense of belonging to people, place and things often involves overcoming both internal and external conflict which ironically, can result in healing, growth and enlightenment.

Hopefully these ideas came up...Companionship and shared values and commitments can be pivotal in the transformation process.

Belonging texts often work as bildungsroman texts, which chart a process of self-reflection and growing self-knowledge and the enlightenment that can flow from it.

Hopefully these ideas came up...Migrants or outsiders often experience alienation and displacement in their struggle to adapt and adjust to new surroundings, language or tradition. Marginalised groups can struggle to gain social acceptance.

Hopefully these ideas came up...Conflict and the juxtaposition between inclusion/exclusion, harmony/disharmony and positive/negative elements are used to stress the fundamental importance of social relationships and feeling included.