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My Story Counts

Title: My Story Counts: An International Childhood Remembered.
Name(s): Del Vecchio, Jerrie Marcella-Batya, author
Erndl, Kathleen M., professor directing dissertation
McGregory, Jerrilyn, committee member
Levenson, David B., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (146 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: ABSTRACT Dan P. McAdams has noted that “over the past three decades, a growing number of philosophers, social scientists, and empirical psychologists have developed theories and research paradigms around the fundamental proposition that adults living in modern societies typically create meaning and purpose in their lives by constructing self-defining stories (McAdams 1985; Mclean, Pasupathi, & Pals 2007; Ricoeur 1984; qtd. In McAdams 2013). This dissertation addresses the question of why women Adult Third Culture Kids (A/TCKs), also termed Global Nomads, have written about their mobile childhoods and what they hoped to achieve by sharing their stories with others. Researchers have attempted to understand how international mobility has led to specific challenges of A/TCKs such as grief brought on by many losses, as well as feeling torn between their passport and host countries’ cultural and ideological expectations. This qualitative study uses a literary analysis and narrative identity theory in order to understand how these self-identified women A/TCKs made sense of their international childhoods by utilizing their own stories. The study concludes that the greatest challenge faced by these authors was the absence of previous literature that would have provided a voice and a template to conceptualize their own journeys. Through literary analysis, this dissertation also attempts to deconstruct general characteristics and aptitudes that have been attributed to A/TCKs. Instead, this dissertation focuses on the parent-child relationship and examins how parents communicated with their children about challenges that were brought on by frequent relocation. The dissertation surmises that parents and friends were important key figures that either silenced the stories TCKs were allowed to tell or, conversely, encouraged further dialogue thereby validating the child’s experiences and feelings, which, in turn, allowed adults to understand their own identity development
Identifier: FSU_2016SU_DelVecchio_fsu_0071E_13156 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: April 26, 2016.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Kathleen Erndl, Professor Directing Dissertation; Francois Dupuigrenet-Desroussilles, University Representative; Jerrilyn McGregory, Committee Member; David Levenson, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Literature
United States -- History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Del Vecchio, J. M. -B. (2016). My Story Counts: An International Childhood Remembered. Retrieved from