Identification and Identity: Differentiating the Conceptual terms


  • Iryna RAYEVSKA Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University
  • Prof. Olena Matuzkova Odesa I.I. Mechnikov University
  • Prof. Olga Grynko Odesa I.I. Mechnikov University



identity, identification, anthropological mechanism, result, differentiation, individual thinking, sameness, identifying features


The problem of identity and identification has been occupying a prominent place in research studies since the early 20th century and is one of the most relevant issues in the science of the late 20th - early 21st centuries. It is determined by the changes in socio-cultural reality in the post-modern societies of the second half of the 20th century, the crisis in the existential approach to the personality studies, enhanced integrative trends in the scientific thinking, its humanitarianization and anthropocentric nature.

This research paper looks at the actualization of the studies on identity and identification, describes the history and scope of the identification studies, substantiates the differentiation between the terms of individual/collective identity and identification.

The subject of the article is the phenomenological and conceptual essence of identity and identification. The goal of the article is to substantiate identity and identification as the phenomena and scientific concepts. The methodological basis of the research includes the complex of the general research methods, namely: observation, description, induction and deduction, analysis and synthesis, taxonomy and modelling.

The differentiation of the investigated terms reduces to the fact that identification serves as a foundation for constructing identity, so they correlate as a mechanism, process, and result of such mechanism’s operation in an individual self-conscious. Identification is seen as a cognitive-and-emotional mechanism of identity construction, due to which the subject constructs his or her own sameness. Identity is a result of recognition and emotional assessment of the individual-and-group and collective characteristics by an individual or group. Such characteristics have been endorsed by the relevant others as a result of constructing the world image, the image of the collective, of individual's or group's self and their place in there, basing on the specific identifying features.


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Author Biographies

Iryna RAYEVSKA, Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University

(PhD in Philology) is Associate Professor of the Translation Department at Odesa I. I. Mechnikov University, Odesa, Ukraine. Her areas of interest include general linguistics, sociolinguistics, dialectology, translation studies. Rayevska is the author of 1 collective monograph, 4 teaching aids and nearly 20 scientific articles. Recent publications: “Italian Language of Mass Media: Trends and New Challenges”, “Rendering of Italian Dialectisms in Translation”, “Rendering of Author Occasionalisms in Translation into the Ukrainian Language”, “Dialects in Advertisement Discourse: Example of Italy”, “Subdialect of Perugia in the System of Umbrian Dialects: Comprehensive Study and Analysis”.

Prof. Olena Matuzkova, Odesa I.I. Mechnikov University

(Dr. of Science in Philology) is a Full Professor, Professor of the Translation Department at Odesa I. I. Mechnikov University, Odesa, Ukraine. Her areas of interest include linguo­cul­turology, cognitive discursology, identity linguistic studies, linguistics of translation. O. Matuzkova is the author of 1 monograph, 4 collective monographs, 17 teaching aids and nearly 130 scientific articles. Re­cent publications: “English Identity as Linguocultural Phenomenon: Cognitive-Discursive Aspect”, “On Content and Correlation of Concepts English Identity and British Identity”, “Rendering of Odessa Realia in English Fiction and Non-Fiction Texts”, “Linguoculture as Synergy of Language, Culture and Mind”.

Prof. Olga Grynko, Odesa I.I. Mechnikov University

 (PhD in Philology) is Associate Professor of the Translation Department at Odesa I. I. Mechnikov University, Odesa, Ukraine. Her areas of interest include cognitive linguistics, archetypal concepts, and translation studies. Grynko is the author of 1 collective monograph, 2 teaching aids, and nearly 20 scientific articles. Recent publications: “Archetypal Concepts of the Elements in W. Golding’s Prose Fiction”, “Foreign Words: On the Issue of Their Functioning and Translation”, “Rendering the Predicate of State in Translation from the English Language”, “Artionyms: Structure Features and Translation into English”.


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How to Cite

RAYEVSKA, I., MATUZKOVA, O. ., & GRYNKO, O. (2021). Identification and Identity: Differentiating the Conceptual terms. WISDOM, 17(1), 44–52.




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