Beyond “identity”

  title={Beyond “identity”},
  author={Rogers Brubaker and Frederick Cooper},
  journal={Theory and Society},
We often think of ourselves as our body, mind, and emotions. We take these three elements and make an amalgamation. However, we also often talk about a person’s soul. Is there any scientific basis for the soul? Surprisingly, there is. Each unique personality a person has (even in circumstances of amnesia and other illnesses), the feeling and identity of the self beyond age (especially experienced as we grow older), and our inevitable subjective experience as an individual comprises a scientific… 

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