The Children of ’Liquid Modernity’ Conflicts of Being and Belonging and the Birth of the Global Identity

The Children of ’Liquid Modernity’ Conflicts of Being and Belonging and the Birth of the Global Identity

The Children of ’Liquid Modernity’ Conflicts of Being and Belonging and the Birth of the Global Identity

The Children of ’Liquid Modernity’ Conflicts of Being and Belonging and the Birth of the Global Identitys

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Malhame, Caroline. 2011. «The Children of ’Liquid Modernity’ Conflicts of Being and Belonging and the Birth of the Global Identity». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montréal, Université Concordia, Département d’anthropologie et de sociologie.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«The aim of the study is to try to outline the reasons why and the way in which major shifts in self definition are taking place within our society today.» (p. 8)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
The sample of this study is composed of eleven respondents (five females and six males). «All of the respondents reported that they had problems of ’belonging’ and 10 out 11 reported identity conflicts. The eleventh was older and had resolved them.» (p. 9) «All but two participants were Canadian citizens, only one of whom was actually born in Canada.» (p. 10) They are aged between 24 and 57 years old.

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«This thesis discusses how people with different backgrounds who have clashing identities and problems of belonging deal with their identity issues and how they find a way to resolve their identity conflicts by finding a new way to define and re-unite their selves as a whole person. When people in my sample were unable to resolve their identity conflicts, they fell into a depression. The thesis escalates from the micro to the macro as individuals learn to describe themselves as global citizens in an attempt to give themselves a sense of belonging and reduce the dissonance that results from identity conflicts. Not much work has been done on globalization from the point of view of Identity. It has been researched more as an economic and political phenomenon so this research bears new ground in terms of understanding the development of the global self [...].The main conclusion was that respondents re-invented themselves as global citizens to reduce the dissonance they felt and to integrate their fragmented and conflicted identities.» (p. iii)
Note : Le thème de la famille est très présent dans ce document, notamment sur le plan de la construction identitaire.