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Hope all is well with you.

Could you please explain this sentence to me?
And what is the meaning of "approach" here? Give me an alternative verb.

"we all approach our own circumstances as bearers of a particular social identity".

Many thanks.

Hello Azad!

"Approach" is being used metaphorically here, but it is often used this way.  It means "consider" or "look at", but with the purpose of dealing with something or working on something.

1. What is the best way to approach this problem?
2. We need to approach this text with the history in mind.

What the sentences means is that we have a particular social identity - like a brother, or a policeman or a friend - and we deal with our situation as such a person.

I hope that helps!

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