"Silent" monologues, "loud" dialogues and the emergence of hibernated I-positions in the negotiation of multivoiced cultural identities

Evangelia Prokopiou, Tony Cline, Guida de Abreu

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Drawing on dialogical self theory (Hermans, 2001) and employing a case study approach, this article aims to provide insights into the dialogical processes through which two British-born siblings of Pakistani background construct and negotiate their cultural identities. The analysis suggests that both young people were moving towards their multivoiced cultural identities through a constant positioning and re-positioning within their communities, which resulted in dialogical negotiation of aspects of differences/similarities and belonging within their majority and minority communities as well as living in a multicultural society. When their negotiation is a struggle shaped by issues of racism and religious discrimination, two opposing processes are constructed, a dynamic dialogical and a monological one. We introduce the notion of hibernated I-positions as a resource to deal with rapid change, threat and uncertainty. I-positions that are inactive, or are in a hibernated state and silenced, are always available to re-emerge and become engaged in a new dialogue to help retain identity continuity. In this article, we challenge linear assumptions which assume that all immigrant groups undergo the same kind of psychological acculturation process. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulture and Psychology
Pages494-509
Number of pages16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

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NameCulture and Psychology
Volume18

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Keywords

  • Cultural identities
  • dialogical self
  • ethnic minority groups
  • heterogeneity
  • hibernated I-positions
  • voices

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Prokopiou, Evangelia ; Cline, Tony ; de Abreu, Guida. / "Silent" monologues, "loud" dialogues and the emergence of hibernated I-positions in the negotiation of multivoiced cultural identities. Culture and Psychology. 2012. pp. 494-509 (Culture and Psychology).
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"Silent" monologues, "loud" dialogues and the emergence of hibernated I-positions in the negotiation of multivoiced cultural identities. / Prokopiou, Evangelia; Cline, Tony; de Abreu, Guida.

Culture and Psychology. 2012. p. 494-509 (Culture and Psychology; Vol. 18).

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