Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2014

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Communication

First Advisor

David Boromisza-Habashi

Second Advisor

Cindy H. White

Third Advisor

Karen L. Ashcraft

Fourth Advisor

Christine Macdonald

Fifth Advisor

Jody Jahn

Abstract

Abstract

This paper examines the perspectives of thirteen self-identified “intercultural” young adults’ (ages 19-40) and their views of culture related to their lived experiences. I expand research about intercultural individuals by focusing on intercultural individuals rather than their parents. My study is a qualitative one involving thirteen personally conducted interviews, eleven research articles, and a blog and book by intercultural author(s). I have found that intercultural individuals’ views of culture are influenced by personal Turning Points, out of which identity construction can begin. I came to recognize that identity formation is partly a culmination of both parental influence and outsider interaction(s). Outsider interaction(s) become more important with regard to identity formation after an individual’s formative years.

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