Differences Between Identity And Family In Looking For Alibrandi

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Analysis between Identity and family/culture in Looking for Alibrandi
In the closely connected society, the differences among societies and families are becoming more and more prominent, even impacting one’s identity. At the individual level, identity formation involves the development of both personal identity and group identity (Phinney, 2000). In Looking for Alibrandi, the title of the novel clearly presenting the theme of the work, which is the exploration of Alibrandi’s identity, since identity is about the question “who am I?”. It is impossible to realize one’s true identity without an understanding of one’s family and culture. Therefore, it is important to explore the coexistence and integration of different cultural differences
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A powerful family identity will reduce the effects of social, media and other peer influences on the family member especially in the teenage developing stage (Cote & Levine, 2014). And in the childhood, parents can root such internal family features to the children, which can consequently strengthen a sense of belonging to them even when they are adult. What is more, family set up the identity by affecting one’s self-confidence. Family can affect one’s identity in many ways, family is the primary group that one begins to identify and the common family will influence the character as well as beliefs. For example, a united, well-communicative and have correct values family can help one set up they self-confidence. Children that are encouraged to make their own decisions are tending to develop a sense of confidence as well as individuality. Otherwise, a child that is also criticized by the family member is tending to reduce the self-esteem. In Looking for Alibrandi, Josie fails to have an intimate relationship with her family members. Josie even said she hate her grandmother because she never said well words for Josie’s mother, compel Josie to go to her house and also tell Christina “you are a bad mother, Christina. (Marchetta, 1992) Which causes a more struggled psychological states during her individual identity forming. Moreover, family also influences one’s occupational career and development. Different families’ attitude towards hard work may lead to different career identity and achievement. As a high school student, there is a religious education environment for Josie, and it is hard for her to develop a clear occupational identify. Especially, though her father is successful, he leaves her and fails to guide

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