Reconstructing Relationships

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


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.


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


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of NeuchâtelInstitute of Psychology and EducationNeuchâtelSwitzerland

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