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

Paperback | May 9, 2012

EditorRuthellen Josselson, Michele Harway

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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 categoriesbeyond 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 fixedwith 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 arenavigating 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 orsocial locations, and how they navigate the complexity of their multiple identities.

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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 categoriesbeyond those that appear on demographic que...

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 Univer...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Ruthellen Josselson and Michele Harway: The Challenges of Multiple Identity2. Gary S. Gregg: Multiple Identities and Their Organization3. Ruthellen Josselson: The "We of Me": Barack Obama's Search for Identity4. Kate A. Richmond, Ronald F. Levant, and Shamin C. J. Ladhani: The Varieties of the Masculine Experience5. James Fuji Collins: Growing Up Bicultural in the United States: The Case of Japanese-Americans6. Janis Sanchez-Hucles, Alex Dryden, and Barbara Winstead: The Multiple Identities of Feminist Women of Color: Creating a New Feminism?7. Theodore R. Burnes and Mindy Chen: The Multiple Identities of Transgender Individuals: Incorporating a Framework of Intersectionality to Gender Crossing8. Suzanne Ouellette: A Garden for Many Identities9. Siyanda Ndlovu: "I Am More (Than Just) Black": Contesting Multiplicity Through Conferring and Asserting Singularity in Narratives of Blackness10. Brian Schiff, Mathilde Toulemonde, and Carolina Porto: Identities in the First Person Plural: Muslim-Jewish Couples in France11. Michal Krumer-Nevo and Menny Malka: Identity Wounds: Multiple Identities and Intersectional Theory in the Context of Multiculturalism12. Sara Helsig: Evaluation of Cultural and Linguistic Practices: Constructing Finnish-German Identities in Narrative Research Interviews13. Debora Upegui-Hernandez: "Because I'm Neither Gringa nor Latina": Conceptualizing Multiple Identities Within Transnational Social Fields