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ERIC Number: EJ1040662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
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ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Contextualizing the Self: The Emergence of a Biographical Understanding in Adolescence
Habermas, Tilmann; Hatiboglu, Nese
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n145 p29-41 Fall 2014
In adolescence, remembering the personal past and understanding what kind of person one is intertwine to form a story of one's life as the most extant, informative, and flexible form of self-representation. In adolescence, the striving for self-coherence translates into a quest for global coherence of the life story. We suggest that contextualizing is a fifth means for creating global coherence in life narratives besides the cultural concept of biography, temporal, causal-motivational, and thematic coherence. We present three kinds of contextualizing in life narratives, the temporal macrostructure, sociohistorical contextualizing of one's life, and hierarchical and linear segmenting of the text and life. These three forms of contextualizing in life narratives by their authors are complemented by three forms of contextual influences on life narratives analyzed by researchers, namely the historical, personal, and communicative situation in which they are recounted. Contextualizing is exemplified by the life narrative of a young migrant.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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