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Title: The Engaged Identity: An approach to identity, complexity, and intravation for human adaptivity and transformation
Contributor(s): Lynne, Jennifer K (author); Spence, Rebecca  (supervisor); Ware, Helen  (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 2016
Copyright Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Human adaptive capacity is increasingly understood as an important element of human flourishing and sustainability and yet the question of how we cultivate the capacities for transformation and human flourishing remains. This thesis introduces the Engaged Identity approach and examines the intersections of how we enact and embody identity, complexity, and adaptability. As a practice, it works to build the adaptive capacity of individuals and support identity expansion in order to create sustainable relationships. Grounded in identity theory, complexity science, and contemplative practice, the approach serves as a foundation on which frameworks and methodologies for conflict transformation and peacebuilding can exist. Furthermore, it proposes that without the cultivation of these capacities, regardless of the theoretical framework or methodology used, sustainable relationships and solutions are not possible. The thesis provides an overview of the Engaged Identity approach, examines the literature that grounds the praxis, and analyzes a case study, comprised of six training workshops held in Nigeria from October 2013 through August 2014. Examining how the approach aligns with and enhances conflict transformation processes, this thesis argues for an intravative approach to conceptualizing, cultivating, and enacting human adaptive capacity and transformative processes. Through phenomenological and grounded theory methodology, the study uses survey, interview, and participatory observations to document participants experiences and observations on the effects of the approach and the implications for inclusion in the broader context for adaptive and transformative praxis.
Publication Type: Thesis Doctoral
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 440899 Political science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
Rights Statement: Copyright 2015 - Jennifer K Lynne
HERDC Category Description: T2 Thesis - Doctorate by Research
Appears in Collections:School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
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