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Navigating Multiple IdentitiesRace, Gender, Culture, Nationality, and Roles$
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Ruthellen Josselson and Michele Harway

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732074

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732074.001.0001

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Identities in the First Person Plural

Identities in the First Person Plural

Muslim-Jewish Couples in France

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(p.167) 10 Identities in the First Person Plural
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Navigating Multiple Identities
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Brian Schiff

Mathilde Toulemonde

Carolina Porto

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732074.003.0010

This chapter argues that hybrid identities are a social construction, embedded in the cultural world, and worked out over time in concert with others. By placing relationships at the center of our understanding of how culture and identity meet, one can begin to describe the processes that structure mixed identities. Mixed identity is created, nourished, and sustained in close social relationships. Using interviews with two Muslim-Jewish couples, the authors describe the dynamics of mixed identity in the context of long-term committed relationships. In particular, the chapter focuses on the connection between the “couple’s story,” how the couple works out a common story, and personal identity. The authors argue that the plotline of the couple’s story is a critical point of reference in the formation of personal identity, opening or closing possibilities for self identification.

Keywords:   narratives, identity, Muslims, Jews, relationships, life stories, storytelling, culture, mixed couples, multiculturalism

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