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Navigating Multiple IdentitiesRace, Gender, Culture, Nationality, and Roles$
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Ruthellen Josselson and Michele Harway

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732074

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732074.001.0001

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The Challenges of Multiple Identity

The Challenges of Multiple Identity

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(p.3) 1 The Challenges of Multiple Identity
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Navigating Multiple Identities
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Ruthellen Josselson

Michele Harway

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732074.003.0001

Increasing numbers of people manage multiple racial, ethnic, national, or gender identities. The question explored in this book is how people navigate a variety of socially constructed but deeply embodied identities, in a variety of circumstances and contexts. This first chapter provides the theoretical and organization context for the book. Addressed here is the issue of the construction of coherence when coherence is no longer guaranteed by the sameness of collective identity. A variety of theories shed light on the experience of individuals navigating multiple identities. This chapter focuses on such constructs as development of ego identity, identity formation, racial identity development, acculturation and immigration, transnationalism, intersectionality, multiple identity development, and cultural frame switching. The last section of the chapter details how chapter authors view these issues from a range of standpoints.

Keywords:   ego identity, identity formation, racial identity development, acculturation, immigration, transnationalism, intersectionality, multiple identity development, cultural frame switching

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