A need to heal: an autoethnographic bildungsroman through the shadows

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dc.contributor.author Culkin, David T.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-18T20:52:20Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-18T20:52:20Z
dc.date.issued 2016-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/34454
dc.description.abstract How can an adult make meaning from and develop through experiences of mental illness, spiritual awareness, and death? The purpose of this autoethnographic bildungsroman is to explore how a male in the general population describes how life events have influenced his identity development over a period of 23 years, spanning three decades. The researcher-participant asks two primary questions: 1) How does the individual describe his adult development in terms of life events or “individual and cultural episodes” (Smith & Taylor, 2010, p. 52) related to mental illness, spiritual awareness, and death over time? and 2) How does the individual describe his possible selves in constructing a new sense of identity? Addressing these questions contributes to the literature of adult and continuing education by providing a glimpse into stories of lived experiences over time in the light of adult development. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Autoethnography en_US
dc.subject Identity development en_US
dc.subject Shadows en_US
dc.subject Mental illness en_US
dc.subject Life events en_US
dc.subject Possible selves en_US
dc.title A need to heal: an autoethnographic bildungsroman through the shadows en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Educational Leadership en_US
dc.description.advisor Kakali Bhattacharya en_US
dc.description.advisor Royce Ann Collins en_US
dc.date.published 2016 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US

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