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date: 26 January 2021

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This chapter considers how narrating experiences may resolve the problem of identity. Although the conventional perspective has been that narratives serve identity via autobiographical reasoning, the focus here is on alternatives to this account. The author first articulates the problem of identity and identity development as well as how narrative approaches involving autobiographical reasoning have addressed that problem, then considers why the search for alternative pathways makes sense, given existing findings. The chapter outlines three potential pathways by which narratives and narrating can influence identity development: tacit themes, embodied narration, and relational positioning and considers the available evidence for these pathways and the alternative research agendas that they open up for narrative research.

Keywords: Narrative identity, autobiographical reasoning, identity, embodied cognition, autobiographical memory

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