International Transitions: Generating Subjective Sense and Subjective Configuration in Relation to the Development of Identity

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Abstract

This article provides an in-depth examination of the emerging identity of a 5-year-old child during her international transition from Saudi Arabia to Malaysia. Observations of the child’s everyday life at home and school, alongside interviews with the child’s mother and teacher, enabled an understanding of the dynamic relation between past, current, and future events. The process of forming a new friendship foregrounded shared motives, emotions, and actions that ameliorated a transitional crisis and supported the child during this international transition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-367
Number of pages15
JournalMind, Culture, and Activity: An International Journal
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • transition
  • identity
  • subjectivity
  • international
  • young children

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