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

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    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
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • transition
    • identity
    • subjectivity
    • international
    • young children

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