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date: 22 July 2018

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Increasing cultural diversity, leading to greater contact among people of varying backgrounds, has led to both the opportunity and the need for many young people to develop a bicultural identity. This chapter explores conceptions of bicultural identity and examines the contexts that influence it and the processes by which it is formed. Each individual is an agent in the construction of his or her cultural identity, through such processes as commitment, exploration, reconsideration, and negotiation. Nevertheless, the process is strongly influenced by the attitudes, values, and practices of the cultural settings in which he or she resides. To understand bicultural identity, we must consider the developing individual, the context in which formation takes place, and the interactions among them. Because of the complexity of these processes, there is need for further research on the topic, especially dynamic micro-level studies.

Keywords: identity, bicultural, youth, development, commitment, exploration, reconsideration, negotiation

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