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a case of mistaken identity

An instance in which one is thought or assumed to be someone else. Officer, this is a case of mistaken identity—I can assure you that I did not rob anyone!
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identity politics

1. The ways in which one's political views are informed by the facets of their identity, such as race, gender, age, and class. Can we really escape identity politics? How can you divorce yourself from your own experience?
2. The ways in which people with similarities in societal identity (as related to race, gender, class, etc.) focus on and promote interests relevant to them, separate from a broader political group or party. With identity politics at play, it will be hard to attract younger voters to our party.
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case of mistaken identity

the incorrect identification of someone. I am not the criminal you want to arrest. This is a case of mistaken identity.
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Syed Jaffar Ahmed said that every individual has different identities, such as ethnic, religious, sectarian.
In this framework, we can divide identities in two in terms of their nature:
In fact, social network identities could offer better identity proofing than 'raw' customer registration.
Specifically, the brokers asked for "skirts" for female customers and "pants" for male customers in various "sizes," which referred to the ages of the identities sought by the customer," the release said.
It incorporates role identities in group context and opens up studies on a range of group behaviors, such as conformity, discrimination, ethnocentrism, stereotyping and prejudice (e.g., Condor, 1990; Hogg, 2006; Perez & Mugny, 1990; Turner & Reynolds, 2004).
Although they are inconsistent with the intersectionality framework, the case studies more convincingly show how environmental and organizational factors affect the collective identities activists choose to develop.
Topics addressed include national identity as an obstacle to integration, the place of European identity within the debate over multiculturalism versus universalism, the utilization of culture and identity as "heritage" for tourism development, the creation and shaping of identities in European cinema, sport as the site of contestation over identity, the possibility of fostering a sense of European identity through political parties, and the city as a form of organization central to European identity.
However, these difficulties can be mitigated if we are able to keep in mind that Paul was writing about freedom in a time when identities could be restrictive of behavior.
And these identities have become on occasion in the last half century the basis of murderous violence against others.
Further, my literature search revealed no research that considered any relationship between ethnic identity and feminist identity, despite the view articulated by several researchers (e.g., Cross & Vandiver, 2001; Gilbert & Rader, 2002; Hansen, 2002; Moradi, Subich, & Phillips, 2002) that there is a need for studies that assess multiple identities. Limited research has been conducted that compared racial identity and womanist identity among Black women and White women (e.g., Parks et al., 1996).
Most scholars acknowledge that identities are socially constructed.
For instance, Fordham and Ogbu (1986) argued that Black students from all socioeconomic backgrounds develop "oppositional identities" that lead them to view schooling as a form of forced assimilation to White cultural values, and they come to equate academic success with "acting White." Such identity perceptions lead to the devaluation of academic pursuits and the adoption of self-defeating behaviors that inhibit possibilities for academic success.
Because of its ability to describe how identities and their associated roles are taken, discarded, and modified, identity theory holds promise for researchers and practitioners attempting to develop a better understanding of why fathers who are incarcerated succeed or fail in maintaining and/or reestablishing connections with their children.
Another relative informed Scott that her cousin had stolen others' identities and that she, too, may have been victimized.
According to Federal Trade Commission estimates, 3.2 million citizens have their identities stolen each year, and every 10 seconds another American is victimized, the study said.