Conclusion: Moving Forward

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


The concluding chapter brings together the main ideas discussed in the book. It returns to the idea that identity construction can be seen as part of the ongoing meaning-making process and as a semiotic border-making process, where borders between various others, between self and others, and between past, present and future self are constantly drawn and redrawn. In this chapter, it is argued that identity construction involves the crossing and maintaining, creating and dismantling of borders across two dimensions: spatial borders between self and others and temporal borders between past and future. The chapter discusses how these ideas could be advanced in future theorising and research.


Identity construction Meaning-making Borders Border-making process Self Others 


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  1. 1.School of Natural Sciences and HealthTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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