Cultural identity markers and identity as a whole: Some alternative solutions

Autor(en): Watzlawik, Meike
Stichwörter: cultural identity; ethnic identity; identity structure; meaning-making processes; Psychology; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; voices
Erscheinungsdatum: 2012
Herausgeber: SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
Journal: CULTURE & PSYCHOLOGY
Volumen: 18
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 253
Seitenende: 260
Zusammenfassung: 
In identity research, scientists usually have different foci. Some examine the structure of identity and describe different facets (e. g., cultural, religious, gender identity), others concentrate on the question how individuals arrive at this structure, which underlies constant change. This commentary shows how conceptual clarifications can assist in understanding developmental processes of identity. Facets or voices (as they are called in dialogical self research) that are closely intertwined in one cultural context can be less so in others. On the basis of these conceptual clarifications and additional cultural dimensions, Skandrani, Taieb and Moro's (2011) interpretations leading to hybrid identity formation and conflicting voices are contrasted with alternative viewpoints. It is suggested that the cultural setting demands-as well as allows-agency that can lead to the development of new voices and protection strategies that do not necessarily depict conflict.
ISSN: 1354067X
DOI: 10.1177/1354067X11434843

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