Prof. Dr. Kazumi Sugimura
University of Hiroshima, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima, Japan
Adolescent Identity Development in Different Cultural Contexts
Identity formation is one of the most important developmental tasks in adolescence. The process of identity formation is inherently embedded in sociocultural contexts (e.g., Erikson, 1968). However, research on identity development has largely ignored this important Erikson’s tenet. Further, there is a lack of studies in non-Western cultural contexts. Recently, identity researchers have increasingly recognized the importance of sociocultural impact on identity development. Based on this resent trend and the findings from our own studies and others, this lecture highlights the issues that (1) aspects of culture and society are fundamental to the global study of adolescent identity development, (2) research on Japanese and Turkish adolescents challenges the classic assumptions of identity theory, and (3) researchers need to clarify the interdependence between adolescent identity and the cultural and social context across and within cultures. In doing so, this lecture intends to add knowledge of identity development outside Western cultures and to inspire further research on adolescent identity development in different cultural contexts.