Negotiations of female racialized youth identities: investigating the intersectionalities of race, gender, and sexuality through a transnational feminist lens




Antl, Erika Maria

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This study investigated the developing identities of first generation Canadian female adolescent women. Using qualitative methodology, it seeks to illuminate the intersectionalities of race, gender and sexuality in its analysis. Transnational feminist frameworks are used as theoretical lenses from which to critically examine the ways in which identity development research has been portrayed in psychology, child and youth care, and related disciplines. This analysis was used as a means to complicate objective, hierarchical models of identity development as they apply (or do not apply) to the stories of first generation Canadian women. Five women between the ages of 19-26 of Chinese, Latin American, Vietnamese and Indian decent participated in this study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, covering family background and traditions, gender role negotiation, sexuality and identity development. Findings support transnational feminist notions of multiplicity, hybridity and fluidity in identity development. They provided context and storied analysis to issues of identity development that are often silenced in traditional psychology literature. The stories of first generation Canadian women are important contributions to identity development research. They highlight the need for situated knowledges and the need for anti-racist research frameworks in psychology, child and youth care, and social science disciplines.



minority women, children of immigrants