Emerging identities in contemporary South Africa : six individual identity narratives from central Cape Town high schools

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Meeran, Jean en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Jones, Sarah en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-31T19:34:21Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-31T19:34:21Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Jones, S. 2008. Emerging identities in contemporary South Africa : six individual identity narratives from central Cape Town high schools. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10712
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 98-103). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This research is an interdisciplinary, qualitative study of youth identity in two coeducational secondary schools with diverse student populations, in central Cape Town. Combining sociological and psychological perspectives, it seeks to understand how young South Africans are making sense of their place in the world, and in the history of their country, through exploring the way in which identities are being constructed on the site of the individual. It seeks to identify what discursive and imaginative resources young South Africans are drawing upon in the construction of their identities, how the (racialised) discourses from the past are working through them, and how they are negotiating new ways-of-being. Discourse analysis was combined with narrative methods; the former determined the discursive environment in which the students are embedded, and the latter investigated how individuals are positioned within this environment, and how they interact with this positioning. Focus groups in the schools formed the first phase of the research, followed by intensive individual interviews with six key participants. In order to understand the complexity of identity processes, the identity narratives of six individuals are the main focus of this research. Narrative methods were used to interrogate actors' own meanings in the construction of their identities, and a principal concern was to explore how participants understood, and narrated, their own identities. The intersubjective, embodied, and imaginative construction of identities was incorporated into the research. What became apparent was the way in which racialised discourses continue to dominate the post-apartheid landscape. However, racial signifiers are becoming increasingly confused, and students are resisting the positions to which they are being called. These individuals are negotiating their way through complex fields of meaning to generate new identities and ways-of-belonging that subvert former categories. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Diversity Studies en_ZA
dc.title Emerging identities in contemporary South Africa : six individual identity narratives from central Cape Town high schools en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Sociology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MPhil en_ZA
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