Volume 3   Number 1      Fall 2008

Persistent Patterns in Cultural Negotiations of the Self: Using Dialogical Self Theory To Understand Self-Other Dynamics Within Culture
Nandita Chaudhary
Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, India
pp. 9-30   (pdf)
ABSTRACT.  Dialogical self theory has facilitated contextual and interpersonal constructions of the self. A major contribution of the theory has been to incorporate relationships with others as fundamental to self-processes. Meaning is believed to be created through basic incongruity between at least two perspectives, the ‘I’ and ‘Other.’ Regarding the intersections between self and culture, this approach facilitates “the study of self as ‘culture-inclusive’ and of culture as ‘self- inclusive’” (Hermans, 2001, p. 243).  Evidence from the multi-cultural realities of India is provided to demonstrate how the dialogical self theory needs to deal with the dynamics of social relations within multi-voiced environments.  
Keywords: individuality, interobjectivity, family, negotiation, self-processes, monologicality