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dc.contributor.advisorVan der Riet, Mary Boudine.
dc.creatorThomson, Robynne Leigh.
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-18T12:00:25Z
dc.date.available2010-10-18T12:00:25Z
dc.date.created2006
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/1408
dc.descriptionThesis (M.Soc.Sc.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2006en_US
dc.description.abstractUsing the theory of the dialogical self, this study aimed to understand the identities of a sample of transracially adopted South African adolescents. Particular attention was paid to the identity domains of race and adoption, as well as the impact of relationships on the formation of individual identity. In-depth interviews were conducted with four transracially adopted adolescents and their parents. The voice centred relational method (Brown and Gilligan, 1992) was used as the method of analysis. Results of this research support many assumptions of the theory of the dialogical self and suggest that there is a dynamic relationship between internal and external positions within the self. In addition, the results show that the participants have developed racial and adoptive identities characterized by conflicting positions within the self, which may be mediated by relationships with significant others. Issues specific to the South African context, including language and poverty, also appear to bear significant influence on the identities of the participants.en_US
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dc.subjectAdoption--South Africa.en_US
dc.subjectIdentity (psychology) in children--South Africa.en_US
dc.subjectRace awareness in children.en_US
dc.subjectBlacks--South Africa--Race identity.en_US
dc.subjectEthnicity--South Africa.en_US
dc.subjectCultural identity.en_US
dc.subjectInterracial adoption--South Africa.en_US
dc.subjectTheses--Psychology.
dc.titleThe identities of transracially adopted adolescents in South Africa : a dialogical study.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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