Culture of Ambiguity: Implications for Self and Social by Sandra Leanne Bosacki (auth.), Sandra Leanne Bosacki (eds.)

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Regarding the role of emotions, to what extent does ambiguity lead to ‘emotional disengagement’ – and to what extent can an adolescent student appear to be cognitively and morally on the surface engaged – is there anyway to evaluate how the adolescent feels? What emotions are she/her experiencing toward oneself, others? As Laron (2011) note, how can researchers explore the connections betwen the feeling of boredom and disengagement? Can one be cognitively and morally engaged in an activity but remain emotionally disengaged – feeling no emotions, or perhaps experience negative emotions?

Telzer critiques the acculturation gap-distress model, showing that acculturation gaps function in unique ways depending on many social and contextual variables. According to Telzer, in contrast to the original model, which only discusses one type of acculturation gap, there are at least 4 types of acculturation gaps: (1) the youth is more acculturated than the parent in the host culture, (2) the youth is less acculturated than the parent in the host culture, (3) the youth is more acculturated than the parent in the native culture, and (4) the youth is less acculturated than the parent in the native culture.

As adolescents struggle for balance, they may experience contradiction, conflict, which in turn may lead to experiences of ambiguities within themselves and others. That is, interpersonal conflict may lead to ambiguous social situations whereas intrapersonal the conflict may manifest as a lack of, or unclear and ambiguous private speech or inner dialogue. Thus, adolescents may begin to feel at conflict with themselves, and their own competing worlds of the public and private. Given that the adolescent needs to accomplish two main tasks, that of social connection and individuation, many researchers have noted the complexity and paradoxical qualities of this time which have implications for silence and voice.

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