The aim of this paper is to examine the construction of self and other in counseling conversations between students with an ethnic minority background and counselors in 3 high schools in Copenhagen, Denmark. The analysis is based on Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin’s literary theory of Chronotope. I see the concept as useful in connection with students' self-constructions (autobiographies). The analysis shows how time and space plays into the counseling conversations, and how other contexts and dialogues play a stronger role in the students design of themselves; that is, how a fusion of spatial and temporal conditions comprise a basis for a unified whole – the student - and her or his travel through high school. The Journey describes what I call a chronotopic identity that students appropriate on their journey through high school – a chronotope of crisis and break – a chronotope of threshold, which is marked by a higher degree of intensity in emotions and values. The conclusion is that counselor’s require not only cultural sensitivity, more importantly, they need language based sensitivity.
|Publication date||28 Nov 2016|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Nov 2016|
|Event||23rd Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference. Communicating Knowledge and Values in Multicultural Settings - Scandic Hotel, Bergen, Norway|
Duration: 24 Nov 2016 → 26 Nov 2016
|Conference||23rd Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference. Communicating Knowledge and Values in Multicultural Settings|
|Period||24/11/2016 → 26/11/2016|