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ERIC Number: ED481760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Issues Affecting the Integration of Multiple Social and Cultural Identities among Black Students at a Predominantly White Institution.
Stewart, Dafina Lazarus
The purpose of this study was to investigate how social and cultural identities, such as race, gender, and class, intersected and interacted to inform the self-identities of black students on a predominantly white campus and to begin to theorize the process of identity integration and its attendant issues. Participants were five students at a small, selective, rural college. Each student participated in four semistructured interviews. Findings suggest that there is a need to include the integrating of multiple identity facets as a component of psychosocial development. For these students, there were issues of weaving the self into and through context, developing a context-transcendent identity, in which core beliefs and perspectives are central, rather than peripheral. Findings also support the central and pivotal role of intimate relationships and suggest that it may be time to extend this understanding to mens development as well as to womens. The interviews show that the development of student groups and clubs that intersect different identity facets may encourage and support students as they seek ways to bring the multiple facets of themselves to bear on the issues of their lives. Findings also show that the development of an integrated social and cultural identity, which blends the influences of race, gender, class, and other central facets, does not occur in a vacuum, but is influenced by the cognitive and other psychosocial development of the student as either a support or a hindrance. (Contains 2 tables and 24 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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