Bauman, Zygmunt. “From Pilgrim to Tourist: or a Short History of Identity.” In Social Theory Re-Wired, edited by Wesley Longhofer and Daniel Winchester, 482-495. New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2012. (14)
Identity is a factor of humanness which is critical to the process of theory and the identification of human as a species. Humankind is one which acknowledges the idea of the self in a way which is unique, though perhaps over theorized. In Zygmunt Bauman’s piece, “From Pilgrim to Tourist: of a Short History of Identity,” he explores the relationship of the self with society which identifies just that as something which is constantly “reconstruct[ed] and redefine[ed]”.74 Ultimately, Bauman’s statement – “identity as such is a modern invention” – explains the entirety of his piece, as well as the thoughts of so many theorists.75 Humanity is not necessarily young though, as we have had a history rich in development and advancement – socially, biologically, and beyond. In this same breath, there is a rightful relation to be made with our time as pilgrims moving more and more towards our personal ideas of self. Bauman’s piece, though filled with clouded metaphors and generalizations, takes the lead in its ability to be gender/race/sexuality/ethnicity ambiguous, which is ironic in that it comments on ones ability to travel towards self-actualization.