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Title: Self-help and the surfacing of identity: Producing the Third Culture Kid
Authors: Cranston, Sophie
Keywords: Self-help
Subjectivity
Identity
Third Culture Kids
Comfort
Grief
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: CRANSTON, S., 2017. Self-help and the surfacing of identity: Producing the Third Culture Kid. Emotion, Space and Society, 24, pp. 27-33.
Abstract: In this paper, I argue for a need to expand our understanding of the role that self-help plays in the constitution of identities. Using the example of the Third Culture Kid (TCK) industry, I argue that self-help acts as a space of biopower through its role in managing the emotional experience of having been globally mobile as a child. To do this, the paper looks at how the TCK, as a subject, is surfaced as comfort in relation to the ascribed grief and insecurity of identity that is associated with childhood global mobility. Data are derived from a multi-sited ethnography, including a narrative analysis of TCK literature, reader discussions, participant observation at a TCK event and an online survey. The argument contributes to scholarly critiques of self-help by examining processes of production and consumption of TCK subjectivity enacted through the TCK industry. Thereby, the paper contends that in researching self-help we need a wider understanding of its production and consumption, how people are persuaded to use it, and how they respond to ideas presented within it.
Description: This paper is closed access until 31st July 2019.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.emospa.2017.07.006
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25927
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2017.07.006
ISSN: 1755-4586
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