"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

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapterpeer-review

Abstract

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

Publication series

NameCulture and Psychology
Volume18

Keywords

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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of '"Silent" monologues, "loud" dialogues and the emergence of hibernated I-positions in the negotiation of multivoiced cultural identities'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this