Navigating Multiple Identities: Race, Gender, Culture, Nationality, and Roles

Navigating Multiple Identities: Race, Gender, Culture, Nationality, and Roles


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Although questionnaires routinely ask people to check boxes indicating if they are, for example, male or female, black or white, Hispanic or American, many people do not fit neatly into one category or another. Identity is increasingly organized multiply and may encompass additional categories beyond those that appear on demographic questionnaires. In addition, identities are often fluid and context-dependent, depending on the external social factors that invite their emergence. Identity is constantly evolving in light of changing environments, but people are often uncomfortably fixed with societal labels that they must include or resist in their individual identity definition.

In our increasingly complex, globalized world, many people carry conflicting psychosocial identities. They live at the edges of more than one communal affiliation, with the challenge of bridging different loyalties and identifications. Navigating Multiple Identities considers those who are navigating across racial minority or majority status, various cultural expectations and values, gender identities, and roles. The chapters collected here by Josselson and Harway explore the ways in which individuals attain or maintain personal integration in the face of often shifting personal or social locations, and how they navigate the complexity of their multiple identities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199732074
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/17/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ruthellen Josselson is Professor in the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She is also a psychotherapist in private practice and Co-Director of the Irvin D. Yalom Institute for Psychotherapy. Dr. Josselson was formerly Professor of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Visiting Professor at Harvard University, and Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. She has published many articles about narrative research as a form of inquiry, and she co-edited eleven volumes of The Narrative Study of Lives series. She is a founder of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology. Her research focuses on women's identity and on human relationships. She has received the Henry A. Murray Award and the Theodore R. Sarbin Award from the American Psychological Association, as well as a Fulbright Fellowship.

Michele Harway is Professor in the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She is the founding chair of the clinical psychology doctoral program at Antioch University, and until recently, a member of its core faculty. She also maintains a small private practice in Westlake Village, California, where she specializes in couples and family psychology and working with trauma survivors. She is board certified in Couples and Family Psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology). Dr. Harway has authored or edited ten books and many book chapters and journal articles, and has presented at numerous professional conferences on couples therapy, cultural issues, domestic violence, trauma survival, and gender and family issues. Active in several divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA), she is a fellow of four divisions, a former president of Division 43 (Family Psychology), former treasurer of Division 51 (Men and Masculinity), and current representative to APA's Council of Representatives from Division 43. Dr. Harway is bilingual and bicultural, has worked and lived overseas, and maintains an interest in international issues.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
The Challenges of Multiple Identity
Ruthellen Josselson and Michele Harway

Chapter 2
Multiple Identities and Their Organization
Gary S. Gregg

Chapter 3
The "We of Me": Barack Obama's Search for Identity
Ruthellen Josselson

Chapter 4
The Varieties of the Masculine Experience
Kate A. Richmond, Ronald F. Levant, and Shamin C. J. Ladhani

Chapter 5
Growing Up Bicultural in the United States: The Case of Japanese-Americans
James Fuji Collins

Chapter 6
The Multiple Identities of Feminist Women of Color: Creating a New Feminism?
Janis Sanchez-Hucles, Alex Dryden, and Barbara Winstead

Chapter 7
The Multiple Identities of Transgender Individuals: Incorporating a Framework of Intersectionality to Gender Crossing
Theodore R. Burnes and Mindy Chen

Chapter 8
A Garden for Many Identities
Suzanne Ouellette

Chapter 9
"I Am More (Than Just) Black": Contesting Multiplicity Through Conferring and Asserting Singularity in Narratives of Blackness
Siyanda Ndlovu

Chapter 10
Identities in the First Person Plural: Muslim-Jewish Couples in France
Brian Schiff, Mathilde Toulemonde, and Carolina Porto

Chapter 11
Identity Wounds: Multiple Identities and Intersectional Theory in the Context of Multiculturalism
Michal Krumer-Nevo and Menny Malka

Chapter 12
Evaluation of Cultural and Linguistic Practices: Constructing Finnish-German Identities in Narrative Research Interviews
Sara Helsig

Chapter 13
"Because I'm Neither Gringa nor Latina": Conceptualizing Multiple Identities Within Transnational Social Fields
Debora Upegui-Hernandez

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