Advertisement

Reconstructing Relationships

  • Mariann MärtsinEmail author
Chapter
Part of the Sociocultural Psychology of the Lifecourse book series (SPL)

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the theme of peer relationships, as these simultaneously support and challenge transitions. It builds on two case studies that together show how the movement between cultural environments creates challenges for identity construction, as well as creates the need to redefine relationships with peers. The micro-level analysis of the dynamics of meaning-making related to the two case studies enables exploring how young adults’ relationships with their friends simultaneously trigger self-explorations and provide semiotic resources for managing these in the context of mobility. The case studies also show how the physical border-crossings are coupled with making semiotic borders between different others, between self and others and within self across time.

Keywords

Identity construction Peer relationships Friendships Transitions Semiotic border-making Border zone Life-goal orientations 

References

  1. Arnett, J. J., Kloep, M., Hendry, L. B., & Tanner, J. L. (2011). Debating emerging adulthood: Stage or process. New York: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Baldry, S., Märtsin, M., & Eivers, A. (2018). Travelling without a destination? A dialogical analysis of professional identity construction among Australian psychology double degree students. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 18, 94–108.  https://doi.org/10.1080/15283488.2018.1447483CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Collins, W. A., & van Dulmen, M. (2006). Friendships and romance in emerging adulthood: Assessing distinctiveness in close relationships. In J. J. Arnett & J. L. Tanner (Eds.), Emerging adults in America: Coming of age in the 21st century (pp. 219–234). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Crafter, S., Maunder, R., & Soulsby, L. (2019). Developmental transitions: Exploring stability and change through the lifespan. London and New York: Routledge.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. de Abreu, G., & Hale, H. (2011). Trajectories of cultural identity development of young immigrant people: The impact of family practices. Psychological Studies, 56(1), 53–61.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s12646-011-0061-6CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Español, A., Marsico, G., & Tateo, L. (2018). Maintaining borders: From border guards to diplomats. Human Affairs: Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly, 28(4), 443–460.  https://doi.org/10.1515/humaff-2018-0036CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Gillespie, A., Kadianaki, I., & O’Sullivan-Lago, R. (2012). Encountering alterity: Geographic and semantic movements. In J. Valsiner (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of culture and psychology (pp. 695–709). Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  8. Greco, M., & Stenner, P. (2017). From paradox to pattern shift: Conceptualising liminal hotspots and their affective dynamics. Theory & Psychology, 27(2), 147–166.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0959354317693120CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Henderson, S., Holland, J., McGrellis, S., Sharpe, S., & Thomson, R. (2007). Inventing adulthoods: A biographical approach to youth transitions. London: Sage.Google Scholar
  10. Koontz Anthony, A., & McCabe, J. (2015). Friendship talk as identity work: Defining the self through friend relationships. Symbolic Interaction, 38(1), 64–82.  https://doi.org/10.1002/SYMB.138CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Levitan, D. (2019). The art of living in transitoriness: Strategies of families in repeated geographical mobility. Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science, 53, 258–282.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s12124-018-9448-4CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Marsico, G. (2016). The borderland. Culture & Psychology, 22(2), 206–215.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1354067X15601199CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Marsico, G., & Tateo, L. (2017). Borders, tensegrity and development in dialogue. Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science, 51(4), 536–556.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s12124-017-9398-2CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Märtsin, M., Chang, I., & Obst, P. (2016). Using culture to manage the transition into university: Conceptualising the dynamics of withdrawal and engagement. Culture & Psychology, 22, 276–295.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1354067X15621476CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. McNamara Barry, C., Madsen, S. D., Nelson, L. J., Carroll, J. S., & Badger, S. (2009). Friendship and romantic relationship qualities in emerging adulthood: Differential associations with identity development and achieved adulthood criteria. Journal of Adult Development, 16, 209–222.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Plöger, J., & Kubiak, S. (2019). Becoming ‘the internationals’—How place shapes the sense of belonging and group formation of high-skilled migrants. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 20, 307–321.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-018-0608-7CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Stein, C. H., Petrowski, C. E., Gonzales, S. M., Mattei, G. M., Hratl Majcher, J., Froemming, M. W., et al. (2018). A matter of life and death: Understanding continuing bonds and post-traumatic growth when young adults experience the loss of a close friend. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(3), 725–738.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0943-xCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Swenson, L. M., Nordstrom, A., & Hiester, M. (2008). The role of peer relationships in adjustment to college. Journal of College Student Development, 49(6), 551–567.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Szakolczai, Á. (2017). Permanent (trickster) liminality: The reasons of the heart and of the mind. Theory & Psychology, 27(2), 231–248.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0959354317694095CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Thomson, R. (2011). Unfolding lives: Youth, gender and change. Bristol: The Policy Press.Google Scholar
  21. Zittoun, T., Levitan, D., & Cangiá, F. (2018). A sociocultural approach to mobile families: A case study. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 24(4), 424–432.  https://doi.org/10.1037/pac0000313CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of NeuchâtelInstitute of Psychology and EducationNeuchâtelSwitzerland

Personalised recommendations