Commentary: Making sense of identity dialogues

Märtsin, Mariann (2010) Commentary: Making sense of identity dialogues. Culture and Psychology, 16(1), pp. 109-115.

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In this commentary an alternative conceptual model of identity construction is proposed. In this model, identity construction is seen as part of a person’s ongoing sense-making. Identity is perceived as a subjective sense of continuity and sameness that renders one’s being in the world meaningful. Drawing on empirical examples provided in the target articles, it is shown how this model, which is built around the notions of rupture, identity dialogues and striving towards meaningfulness, can be utilized to analyse identity dynamics in different space and time contexts. The importance of examining links between an individual’s sense-making and collective meaning field, in which sense-making is embedded, is also highlighted.

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ID Code: 79020
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: dialogue, identity, meaningfulness, otherness, rupture, sense-making
DOI: 10.1177/1354067X09353210
ISSN: 1354-067X
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
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2014 22:07
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 01:58

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