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Bhatia, Sunil. 2011. Narrative inquiry as cultural psychology: Meaning-making in a contested global world. Narrative Inquiry 21 (2) : 345–352.
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John Benjamins
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This article re-examinesJerome Bruner's vision of narrative psychology that he laid out over two decades ago. In particular, It argues that narrative inquiry must focus on identities located in sociocultural contexts of transnational movement and migration. The contact of self with multiple forms of otherness — both subtle and violent — play a significant role in identity formation. The article discusses two examples from the Somalian and Indian diaspora to show how the study of these fractured, shifting, and hybridized identities provide a very valuable site from which narrative psychology has an opportunity to remake itself as a field that continues to be relevant in a world that is rapidly becoming transnational, diverse, and global.