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Leontieva A.A. Bicultural identity in psychological perspective

Full text in Russian: Леонтьева А.А. Бикультурная идентичность как проблема психологии
Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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The notion of social order is used by many authors as a metaphor for interpretation of bicultural identity. Depending on such basic metaphors the content of scientific problem, the subject and research methodology change. Various representations of bicultural identity, such as "marginality", "competence", "achieved status" or a particular case of ethno-cultural identity are analyzed. Subjective (a metaphor of drama) and instrumental aspects (a metaphor of mechanism) of development and functioning of bicultural identity are separated and compared. The proposed classification of metaphors allows to evaluate and compare the results of different empirical studies of bicultural identity carried out in different socio-cultural contexts.

Keywords: bicultural identity, biculturalism, multicultural identity, ethnic identity, metaphors of identity, psychology of marginality



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Received 25 November 2014. Date of publication: 3 April 2015.

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Leontieva Anna A.  Lecturer, Faculty of Psychology, Higher School of Economics (National Research University), Volgogradskii pr., 46-B, 109316 Moscow, Russia; Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11, str. 9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.

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Leontieva A.A. Bicultural identity in psychological perspective. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 40, p. 11. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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