“One thinks of identity whenever one is not sure of where one belongs; that is, one is not sure how to place oneself among the evident variety of behavioural styles and patterns, and how to make sure that people around would accept this placement as right and proper, so that both sides would know how to go on in each other's presence. ‘Identity’ is a name given to the escape sought from that uncertainty.”

Zygmunt Bauman, “From Pilgrim to Tourist—Or A Short History of Identity”