ERIC Number: EJ852891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Constructing Identities at the Intersections: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Multiple Dimensions of Identity
Jones, Susan R.
Journal of College Student Development, v50 n3 p287-304 May-Jun 2009
The purpose of this article is to present the results of an autoethnographic study designed to investigate the complexities of identity development among a diverse group of eight participants and to use results to explore potential relationships between self-authorship and intersecting identities. Data was collected via personal autoethnographic narratives and focus groups. Results highlighted that an intersectional analysis of identity and the self-authoring process exposed complexities not typically accounted for, such as navigating the tensions between privileged and oppressed identities, the prevalence of social class as both an identity dimension and contextual influence, and distinguishing between identity negotiation and perception management.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Social Class, Focus Groups, Context Effect, Individual Development, Personal Narratives, Autobiographies, Student Characteristics, Student Attitudes, Self Concept, Self Actualization
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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