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Identity formation in Jamaican children of garrison communities and their perception of factors shaping their identities: A phenomenological study

Kitson, Judyth LU (2011) SIMT28 20102
Master of Science in Development Studies
Graduate School
Department of Psychology
Abstract (Swedish)
Abstract
The research sought to present a deep analysis on the formation of identities in Jamaican children living in garrison community in the context of community violence. A phenomenological scientific and theoretical approach was applied, focusing on lived and imagined experiences formations. Data was collected using open interviews from six children, age nine to eleven. The obtained text was subjected to in depth analysis using the software tool Meaning Constitution Analysis (MCA) – Minerva, developed by R. Sages. Further, dialogical self theory was applied to the analyzed text exploring for the eventual multiple identities in the children. It was found that the children exhibited multiple identities based on the influence of the... (More)
Abstract
The research sought to present a deep analysis on the formation of identities in Jamaican children living in garrison community in the context of community violence. A phenomenological scientific and theoretical approach was applied, focusing on lived and imagined experiences formations. Data was collected using open interviews from six children, age nine to eleven. The obtained text was subjected to in depth analysis using the software tool Meaning Constitution Analysis (MCA) – Minerva, developed by R. Sages. Further, dialogical self theory was applied to the analyzed text exploring for the eventual multiple identities in the children. It was found that the children exhibited multiple identities based on the influence of the surrounding society. The major shaping factor influencing identities were the role of authority figures with the ability to provide, protect and be caregiver. The role of the school influenced identity in the direction of leadership and motivation to achieve. While family members were positive forces for future goals and in guiding decision making. Finally, war had a negative impact on identity creating emotions of fear and confusion. These factors contribute to increase understanding of children whose safe heaven or security is invaded. Such knowledge is helpful to consider when looking at children in insecure situation. (Less)
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Kitson, Judyth LU
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SIMT28 20102
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
Garrison community, identity formation, shaping factors, Phenomenology, dialogical self theory, Meaning Constitution Analysis (MCA)
language
English
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2155737
date added to LUP
2011-09-13 14:18:15
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  abstract     = {Abstract
The research sought to present a deep analysis on the formation of identities in Jamaican children living in garrison community in the context of community violence. A phenomenological scientific and theoretical approach was applied, focusing on lived and imagined experiences formations. Data was collected using open interviews from six children, age nine to eleven. The obtained text was subjected to in depth analysis using the software tool Meaning Constitution Analysis (MCA) – Minerva, developed by R. Sages. Further, dialogical self theory was applied to the analyzed text exploring for the eventual multiple identities in the children. It was found that the children exhibited multiple identities based on the influence of the surrounding society. The major shaping factor influencing identities were the role of authority figures with the ability to provide, protect and be caregiver. The role of the school influenced identity in the direction of leadership and motivation to achieve. While family members were positive forces for future goals and in guiding decision making. Finally, war had a negative impact on identity creating emotions of fear and confusion. These factors contribute to increase understanding of children whose safe heaven or security is invaded. Such knowledge is helpful to consider when looking at children in insecure situation.},
  author       = {Kitson, Judyth},
  keyword      = {Garrison community,identity formation,shaping factors,Phenomenology,dialogical self theory,Meaning Constitution Analysis (MCA)},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Identity formation in Jamaican children of garrison communities and their perception of factors shaping their identities: A phenomenological study},
  year         = {2011},
}