Applying the Master Narrative Framework to Gender Identity Development in Emerging Adulthood

Kate C. McLean, Hannah Shucard, Moin Syed

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

11 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

We applied a novel framework to identity development, capturing both content and process, and personal and cultural components of identity in the content domain of gender. We examined master (and alternative) narratives: ubiquitous, powerful cultural stories with which individuals negotiate in constructing personal identity. Study 1 was a quantitative investigation of personal narratives about gender (n = 245); Study 2 was a qualitative study of discourse processes concerning gender roles (n = 12). Employing three approaches to identity development (status, narrative, and discursive) in a mixed methods design, we found that most individuals position themselves around a newer, alternative narrative about gender equality. However, in social interactions, this narrative got less airtime, in favor of narratives representing either traditional views or gender equality. Further, those who were exploring their identities were more likely to employ the less traditional narrative, suggesting a link between changing master narratives and personal identity exploration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-105
Number of pages13
JournalEmerging Adulthood
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

Fingerprint

adulthood
narrative
Personal Narratives
gender
equality
Interpersonal Relations
gender role
discourse
interaction

Keywords

  • emerging adulthood
  • gender identity
  • identity development
  • master narratives

Cite this

Applying the Master Narrative Framework to Gender Identity Development in Emerging Adulthood. / McLean, Kate C.; Shucard, Hannah; Syed, Moin.

In: Emerging Adulthood, Vol. 5, No. 2, 01.04.2017, p. 93-105.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{74f662035e3440c981ab593529693211,
title = "Applying the Master Narrative Framework to Gender Identity Development in Emerging Adulthood",
abstract = "We applied a novel framework to identity development, capturing both content and process, and personal and cultural components of identity in the content domain of gender. We examined master (and alternative) narratives: ubiquitous, powerful cultural stories with which individuals negotiate in constructing personal identity. Study 1 was a quantitative investigation of personal narratives about gender (n = 245); Study 2 was a qualitative study of discourse processes concerning gender roles (n = 12). Employing three approaches to identity development (status, narrative, and discursive) in a mixed methods design, we found that most individuals position themselves around a newer, alternative narrative about gender equality. However, in social interactions, this narrative got less airtime, in favor of narratives representing either traditional views or gender equality. Further, those who were exploring their identities were more likely to employ the less traditional narrative, suggesting a link between changing master narratives and personal identity exploration.",
keywords = "emerging adulthood, gender identity, identity development, master narratives",
author = "McLean, {Kate C.} and Hannah Shucard and Moin Syed",
year = "2017",
month = "4",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/2167696816656254",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "5",
pages = "93--105",
journal = "Emerging Adulthood",
issn = "2167-6968",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Applying the Master Narrative Framework to Gender Identity Development in Emerging Adulthood

AU - McLean, Kate C.

AU - Shucard, Hannah

AU - Syed, Moin

PY - 2017/4/1

Y1 - 2017/4/1

N2 - We applied a novel framework to identity development, capturing both content and process, and personal and cultural components of identity in the content domain of gender. We examined master (and alternative) narratives: ubiquitous, powerful cultural stories with which individuals negotiate in constructing personal identity. Study 1 was a quantitative investigation of personal narratives about gender (n = 245); Study 2 was a qualitative study of discourse processes concerning gender roles (n = 12). Employing three approaches to identity development (status, narrative, and discursive) in a mixed methods design, we found that most individuals position themselves around a newer, alternative narrative about gender equality. However, in social interactions, this narrative got less airtime, in favor of narratives representing either traditional views or gender equality. Further, those who were exploring their identities were more likely to employ the less traditional narrative, suggesting a link between changing master narratives and personal identity exploration.

AB - We applied a novel framework to identity development, capturing both content and process, and personal and cultural components of identity in the content domain of gender. We examined master (and alternative) narratives: ubiquitous, powerful cultural stories with which individuals negotiate in constructing personal identity. Study 1 was a quantitative investigation of personal narratives about gender (n = 245); Study 2 was a qualitative study of discourse processes concerning gender roles (n = 12). Employing three approaches to identity development (status, narrative, and discursive) in a mixed methods design, we found that most individuals position themselves around a newer, alternative narrative about gender equality. However, in social interactions, this narrative got less airtime, in favor of narratives representing either traditional views or gender equality. Further, those who were exploring their identities were more likely to employ the less traditional narrative, suggesting a link between changing master narratives and personal identity exploration.

KW - emerging adulthood

KW - gender identity

KW - identity development

KW - master narratives

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85014581279&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85014581279&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/2167696816656254

DO - 10.1177/2167696816656254

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85014581279

VL - 5

SP - 93

EP - 105

JO - Emerging Adulthood

JF - Emerging Adulthood

SN - 2167-6968

IS - 2

ER -