View Full Document

ChaudharyPsych



View the full content.
View Full Document
View Full Document

2 views

Unformatted text preview:

Approaching Privacy and Selfhood through Narratives Nandita Chaudhary and Indu Kaura This paper examines the notion of privacy in the Indian cultural context by utilising narratives from three research studies done at New Delhi Beginning with the cultural understanding of the terms privacy and self through the voices of children and their parents the paper addresses key assumptions of the individualised self These assumptions are then examined from a cultural perspective and juxtaposed with issues of privacy and social relationships using examples An attempt is made to articulate selfhood as experienced in India Through the narratives the emerging picture of privacy can be constructed from two positions the parents and the young adolescents The findings display that the older generation clearly finds privacy a divisive force for which there is no place within the family The children on the other hand define privacy more in terms of being on one s own rather than away from other people The notion of privacy adjusted well with the conception of the self within the cultural context Indian youth were found to be socialised to put others particularly family members before them Everyday talk is replete with references to other people over and above references to objects The child is constantly instructed on socially appropriate behaviour by adults and is mostly engaged in social games through language 1 that involve interpersonal play From the different studies referred in this text it seems that the self in these situations seemed to be defined more from the position of the other This is especially true for relationships within the family Despite the socially oriented themes during childhood it seems that the urban educated youth are struggling for the sense of individuality at this developmental phase of their lives How things will turn out for them as they take on adult roles only time will tell Another contribution of this paper is in terms of method The studies



Access the best Study Guides, Lecture Notes and Practice Exams

Loading Unlocking...
Login

Join to view ChaudharyPsych and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or
We will never post anything without your permission.
Don't have an account?
Sign Up

Join to view ChaudharyPsych and access 3M+ class-specific study document.

or

By creating an account you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use

Already a member?