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Co-authored Self : Family Stories and the Construction of Personal Identity (Hardcover) (Kate C. McLean)

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"In The Co-Authored Self, Kate McLean addresses the question of how an individual comes to develop a narrative identity by focusing on the process of interpersonal storytelling, particularly through the stories people hear, co-tell, and share of and withtheir families. McLean argues that narrative identity is not only a story of the personal past; it also includes the stories of the culture at large, as well as the stories of close others, such as friends, romantic partners, or, the focus of this book, family stories. McLean details how identity development is a collaborative construction between the individual and his or her narrative ecology. She pays special attention to stories shared in the family, stories told about adolescents by the family, and parents' personal stories. She uses a model of master narratives to argue that stories shared by the family play a powerful role in defining family members. She also contours these findings with a discussion of gender and the role that peers play in processing family stories. Situating the developmental process of identity development in adolescence and emerging adulthood, she shows through quantitative and qualitative data - and with compelling narrative excerpts throughout - the ways in which families both support and constrain identity development by the stories they tell"--
Number of Pages: 179
Genre: Psychology
Sub-Genre: Developmental / General, Social Psychology
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Kate C. McLean
Language: English
Street Date: October 20, 2015
TCIN: 50243061
UPC: 9780199995745
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-4737
$59.95

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