Everyday hyphens: Exploring youth identities with methodological and analytic pluralism

Dalal Katsiaficas, Valerie A. Futch, Michelle Fine, Selcuk R. Sirin

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Taking seriously the call for methodological and analytic pluralism, we advance three key assumptions of theory and method: 1) young people develop "hyphenated selves" in shifting social and political contexts and in everyday circumstances; 2) pluralistic methods and research designs have the potential to capture identity movement across time and space; and 3) a pluralistic approach to analysis, specifically using a dialogical framework, allows hyphenated selves to be heard and interpreted in a way that neither pathologizes contradiction nor privileges coherence but presents a skillfully woven narrative about the self. To take up these questions, we draw upon the visual and textual narratives produced by three adolescents participating in a longitudinal, multimethod study designed to document social and academic engagement among urban youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-139
Number of pages20
JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Adolescence
  • Identity
  • Narrative analysis
  • Pluralistic approaches
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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