NARRATIVE IDENTITY AND TRAUMA EXPERIENCES OF ADOLESCENT REFUGEES

Authors

  • Link, Pierre-Carl B.A., M.A., research assistant, Academic Project Inclusion, Chair of Special Education V – Education for People with Emotional and Behavioural Disorders, Faculty of Humanities, University of Wuerzburg (Germany).
  • Torrente, Davide B.A., Psychoanalyticum Wuerzburg – Introduction into depth psychology and its practice, Fellowship Psychoanalytic Education

Keywords:

Identity, narrative self, narration, migration, refugees, intercultural education

Abstract

This paper deals with the reconstruction of the multidimensional configuration of young people's identities against the background of their own experiences as refugees. For this, deep hermeneutic interviews were conducted with two (ethnically) Afghan brothers who together, fled to Germany and thereupon, were evaluated within the context of the setting. Of particular importance was the question as to how far key experiences of life itself are already formative, or only through the conscious reflection, at a formative moment of the narrative traced biography. In this context, identity is understood as a fixed and dynamic concept that permanently interacts with the world. Subsequent to the comparison of the self-narratives of the two brothers in terms of their similarities and differences, in an initial implementation, an attempt will be made to reveal the interaction of the constitution of identity among refugees as well as the constitution of identity among the heterogeneous, imaginary host society.

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Published

15-04-2016

How to Cite

Link, Pierre-Carl, & Torrente, Davide. (2016). NARRATIVE IDENTITY AND TRAUMA EXPERIENCES OF ADOLESCENT REFUGEES. International Education and Research Journal (IERJ), 2(4). Retrieved from http://ierj.in/journal/index.php/ierj/article/view/211