This is an attribute attached to all identity categories within BIOGRAPHY > CULTURALFORMATION. Its purpose is to distinguish between people who place themselves within an identity category (e.g., Jeannette Winterson identifies as lesbian) and those whom we place in that category though they themselves did not (e.g., While she denied being a lesbian, she maintained close relationships with women throughout her life). This attribute acknowledges the importance of personal, political and historical placements of one's own subject position; it assumes that identities are not simply labels we assign to other people but shifting categories which we both place ourselves within, and, in which history places us.
SELF-DEFINED is an optional attribute available with CLASS, DENOMINATION, ETHNICITY, GENDER, GEOGHERITAGE, NATIONALHERITAGE, NATIONALITY, RACECOLOUR, and SEXUALIDENTITY. It has attribute values of SELFYES, SELFNO, and SELFUNKNOWN.