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date: 26 January 2021

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In this chapter, the author reflects on Worrell’s and Way and Rogers’s chapters on culture and identity development. First, a brief overview is provided of their key contributions and theoretical frameworks. The author suggests that the concept of narratives, and in particular master narratives, may provide one way for addressing the tensions between personal and social identities. Second, the author reflects on Worrell’s proposal that racial and ethnic identities and culture are equivalent and that encounters with prejudice and discrimination motivate identity development. Third, the chapter discusses Way and Rogers’s proposal that identity is best conceptualized as the intersections of gender, ethnicity, social class, and immigration in youth’s everyday lives. The chapter concludes with suggestions for future directions for theory and research.

Keywords: Adolescents, emerging adults, identity, personal identity, social identity, intersectionality, development, gender, ethnicity/race, social class

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