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Title: Connectedness and alienation in the collage life-story elicitation technique
Authors: Van Schalkwyk, Gertina Johanna
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Citation: The Asian conference on psychology & the behavioral sciences 2013 Japan, Mar. 2013
Abstract: The 21st century is characterised by an exposure to multiple cultural values through globalisation, increased mobility and access to the electronic media. This exposure challenges intergenerational connectedness and relationship orientation that Asian people might have with their family life and that could lead to a sense of disconnectedness and alienation. In this paper, I aim to explore the relational patterns and inter-connectedness of Chinese families living in Macao utilising the Collage Life-story Elicitation Technique (CLET). As an innovative and auto-ethnographic technique the CLET aims to elicit autobiographical remembering and narrative performance through collage-making, storytelling, positioning of the self and juxtaposing of dynamic conflicts. Autobiographical remembering and narrative meaning making of life events transforms knowing into telling, and the CLET has proven to be effective eliciting culturally rich narrative representations of the challenges facing Chinese families in the local context. The findings suggest that relational patterns and cultural values forming the basis of intergenerational connectedness are challenged in various social and personal settings. Furthermore, through the CLET we gain a greater understanding of the areas in which a sense of disconnectedness has become disenabling and where interventions should be directed to enhance wellbeing. Justification for the utility of the CLET in different settings, including clinical settings, will be discussed.
Keywords: Autobiographical remembering
Collage life-story elicitation technique
Intergenerational connectedness
Narrative meaning-making
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