Identity Development in a Semiotic Cultural Key

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


How can identity be thought of as a process that is always changing and evolving, yet also provides a sense of sameness and continuity across time and space? This chapter is guided by this question, as it provides an overview of the key conceptual tools that informed the research presented in this book and were developed through the case studies. Building on contemporary semiotic cultural psychology, the chapter introduces the idea that identity construction can be understood as part of our ongoing meaning-making process and identity can be seen as a field of hyper-generalised meta-signs about who we are, have been and are becoming that emerges as a by-product of this process and becomes activated in moments of rupture.


Identity construction Meaning-making Sign Rupture Transition Semiotic cultural psychology 


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  1. 1.School of Natural Sciences and HealthTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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