Identity in dialogue : identity as hyper-generalized personal sense

Märtsin, Mariann (2010) Identity in dialogue : identity as hyper-generalized personal sense. Theory and Psychology, 20(3), pp. 436-450.

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In this paper I propose that identity is momentary, fluid, and multiple while simultaneously providing us with a sense of sameness and continuity. Building on Valsiner’s ideas about human sense-making I suggest that we can reasonably deal with the multiplicity/unity paradox if we conceive of this process as resulting in the construction of a fuzzy field of hyper-generalized personal sense, which ordinarily functions as an implicit and unspeakable background of our everyday functioning, while being constantly re-created through momentary instances of foregrounded and explicit identity-dialogues. I illustrate the ideas put forward in the paper by analysing a case of a young woman experiencing a change in her being. Finally, in an attempt to illustrate and further develop the case I introduce a metaphor of carpet-weaving as an apposite image for thinking about identity as a process of a multiple and fragmented, yet also a united and constant being.

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ID Code: 79018
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Dialogue, identity, metaphor, personal sense, rupture, sameness, sense-making
DOI: 10.1177/0959354310363513
ISSN: 1461-7447
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Author
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2014 22:42
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2015 22:33

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