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Decolonizing PsychologyGlobalization, Social Justice, and Indian Youth Identities$
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Sunil Bhatia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199964727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199964727.001.0001

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Stories and Theories

Stories and Theories

Globalization, Narrative, and Meaning-Making

(p.57) Chapter 4 Stories and Theories
Decolonizing Psychology

Sunil Bhatia

Oxford University Press

Narrative inquiry is particularly suited to capture how individuals make meaning of their identities as they engage with mutually shifting global–local cultural interactions. This chapter lays out the conceptual framework that examines how globalization shapes the narrative imagination and how it provides insights into understanding the psychology of globalization in urban India. It argues that individuals use narrative and stories as language-based equipment to express their subject positions and give meaning to the uniqueness and singularity of their experiences. Being interpellated by power structures or created through systems of cultural power does not mean there is no room for individual story-making or agency. The urban Indian youth make and remake their identities as they narrate stories of their lives through the lens of their social class; rootedness in history of colonization and postcolonial culture; exposure to discourses of globalization; and embeddedness in social practices of education, employment, and traditions.

Keywords:   narrative psychology, story, identity, meaning-making, globalization

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