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dc.contributor.creatorScully, Marc
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-10T10:37:16Z
dc.date.available2018-10-10T10:37:16Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationScully, M.D., 2015. The problem of a subjective authenticity and the articulation of belonging among the Irish in England-a psychosocial approach. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12 (1), pp. 34 - 44. DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2014.958369en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10395/2238
dc.descriptionThe problem of a subjective ‘authenticity’ and the articulation of ‘belonging’ among the Irish in England – a psychosocial approach.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents the question of identity and authenticity as a problematic one, capable of investigation through a psychosocial lens. ‘Authenticity’, as explored by Erickson (1995) and Weigert (1988, 2009) may be understood as a commitment to self-values, meaning and motivation. Feeling ‘true to oneself’ thus becomes an intensely personal affective project, which remains theoretically the preserve of the individual subject, and thus incapable of challenge by others. However, as identity is inherently social, there is a need to interrogate the affective nature of belonging to a collective identity. In particular, I consider how this personalised sense of authenticity may come into conflict with the need to have one’s personal identity recognised as authentic within the wider set of meaning-makings around the collectivity. I argue that this problem of authenticity and belonging may arise in the interplay between the personal and the collective in three ways: reflection, recognition and ownership. Any articulation of belonging to a collective identity whilst maintaining a personally ‘felt’ authenticity must negotiate these three aspects. In this paper, I develop these ideas through my own recent research on discourses of authenticity among the Irish in England. Drawing on Wetherell’s (2012) recent articulation of the affective-discursive I explore how one second-generation Irish woman articulates her experiences of ‘belonging’ and personal ‘authenticity’ in interview talk. I argue that the resolution of dilemmas around the affective and collective nature of authenticity can be usefully investigated by attending to the co-construction of the interview between participant and interviewer. The positioning of the interviewer and the power dynamics of the interview thus become key modes of enquiry in the psychosocial analysis of authenticity.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries12;1
dc.rights.urihttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14780887.2014.958369?needAccess=trueen_US
dc.subjectAffective-discursiveen_US
dc.subjectAuthenticityen_US
dc.subjectBelongingen_US
dc.subjectSecond-generation Irishen_US
dc.titleThe problem of a subjective authenticity and the articulation of belonging among the Irish in England-a psychosocial approach (pre-print version)en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.supercollectionall_mic_researchen_US
dc.type.supercollectionmic_published_revieweden_US
dc.description.versionYesen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14780887.2014.958369


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