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Becoming yourself: identity, networks and the dynamics of role transition

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This paper consists of three essays. In the first, the author develops empirical and theoretical support for the three identity mechanisms involved in the process of becoming: doing, identifying, and narrating. She argues that continuous processes of learning about oneself by doing new things (crafting experiments) and by building new network relationships (shifting connections) are punctuated by turning points that serve as occasions for crafting new narratives about oneself (making sense). She conceptualises these three dynamics as the core processes of working identity. In the second, essay, she elaborates on the second of the three mechanisms, the process of shifting connections. In the third essay, she builds on the notion of transition as leaving one thing, without having fully left it, and at the same time, of entering something else, without being fully a part of it (Levinson, 1981) to argue that playing with one's possible selves is an essential part of the identity change process.

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http://flora.insead.edu/fichiersti_wp/inseadwp2004/2004-21.pdf

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