List Yourself: An Autoethnography of Intercultural Identity

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This chapter presents a “messy” text (Ronai, 1995) – a layered account of intercultural experience that reflects both the content and process of the narrative construction of identity. Layering story with rumination and reflection, the purpose of this work is to further explore, through the autoethnographic form, how intercultural interaction shapes the ‘self.’ Drawing heavily on the work of constructivist psychologists, such as Neimeyer (2004), who conceptualise identity as a “narrative achievement,” suggesting “our sense of self is established through the stories we tell about ourselves, the stories that relevant others tell about us, and the stories we enact in their presence (p. 54), this chapter assumes a view of human beings as “Homo Narrans,” people “driven by the very roots of our co-being in telling our stories” (Poulos, 2008, p. 64). From this perspective, the link between intercultural experience and identity can perhaps be understood as grounded in stories of self and other, consistent with the idea that we story and re-story sense into our lives as a means of co-constructed meaning-making.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntercultural Mirrors: Dynamic Reconstruction of Identity
EditorsMarie-Claire Patron, Julia Kraven
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill
Chapter11
Pages200-211
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-40130-3
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-39636-4, 978-90-04-40129-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Autoethnography
Psychologists
Meaning Making
Rumination
Layering
Storytelling
Constructivist
Interaction
Human Being

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Henson, D. F. (2019). List Yourself: An Autoethnography of Intercultural Identity. In M-C. Patron, & J. Kraven (Eds.), Intercultural Mirrors: Dynamic Reconstruction of Identity (pp. 200-211). Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004401303_011
Henson, Donna F. / List Yourself: An Autoethnography of Intercultural Identity. Intercultural Mirrors: Dynamic Reconstruction of Identity. editor / Marie-Claire Patron ; Julia Kraven. Leiden : Brill, 2019. pp. 200-211
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