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    had an identity in the neighbourhood

    [T]he most successful of the groups consisted of those that had an identity in the neighbourhood, or at their place of work, or at school or college. (Three Times Three Equals Twelve, page 28, by Brian Mills)

    What does identity mean in the above sentence?
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    Re: had an identity in the neighbourhood

    The writer is using vocabulary which is meaningful to him but not to a naive reader. Perhaps he's discussed identity​ earlier in the work.
    I am not a teacher.

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