Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Finding wholeness: Understanding liminality through my experience as a biracial woman
by Enders, Angella, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 84; 1490183
Abstract (Summary)

People with multiple identities in terms of race, gender, sex, and sexuality struggle to become comfortable with their identity. This struggle is intensified by a society that focuses on binary identity and expects individual integration and wholeness. Utilizing heuristic methodology, the author shares her experience of exploring liminality and psychological wholeness and their effects on the understanding of her identity as a biracial woman. Readings of the literature attend to studies of multiracial identity development, various forms of liminal states, and a psychological perspective that embraces multiplicity. The research indicates that liminality is a common experience for individuals who struggle with multiple identities. By embracing liminality and discovering others with similar struggles, these individuals can develop a positive understanding of their identities and can at least be seen and appreciated in all their complexity by society at large.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Young, Willow
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Ethnic studies
Publication Number: 1490183
ISBN: 978-1-124-53636-1
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