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ERIC Number: EJ902533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
Navigating across Cultures: Narrative Constructions of Lived Experience
Pufall-Jones, Elizabeth; Mistry, Jayanthi
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v4 n3 p151-167 2010
In this study, we investigated how individuals from diverse backgrounds learn to navigate the many worlds in which they live and explore how variations in life experiences are associated with aspects of navigating across cultures. We conducted the study using a phenomenological approach based on retrospective personal narratives from 19 young adults (18 to 22 years old). The participants reported several strategies necessary to navigate between worlds and identified specific experiences that contributed to their multifaceted identity development. We noted differences between those who became aware of their multifaceted identity early and later in life. We offer propositions regarding how timing of awareness of differences may influence the development of navigating across cultures. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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