The topic which questions differentaspects of my life and how it has transformed me into the person I am today isone I actually find myself coming back to often, and each time it gets harderto pinpoint exactly what it is.
So what makes this essay difficult tocomprehend upon is the process of making a narrative for those who areinterested in having a prospect on the world from a different point of view andputting into light matters that may be overlooked.The notion of the individuality isperhaps one of the most basic foundations of culture. This also brings to the lightthe definition of culture which I will be using; Geertz’s (1973) definition ofculture. Geertz defines culture as “a system of inherited conceptions expressedin symbolic forms by means of which people communicate, perpetuate, anddevelop their knowledge about and attitudes toward life” (p. 89).
Also, Freeman(1997) speculates that narratives do not reflect a culture; rather theyactually form a culture. Other narrative theorists agree that the “culturalself” is derived from memory models (Nelson, 2004, p. 87). I agree thatnarratives about the self are culturally positioned and to simply put it, “‘mystory’ can never be wholly mine, alone, because I define and articulate myexistence with and among others” (Freeman, 2001, p.
287). There are manyaspects in which I could touch upon within my life which I believe that hasshaped me, but I want to focus on a main theme which is ‘othering’. Within myautobiographical essay, I touch upon topics of racism, sexism and labelling inaccordance with ‘othering’ and how this has shaped me to be the person I amtoday. In other words, if I were to dig much deeper into it, I would viewmyself through the experiences and through the people who have played a role inmy life. Through this idea, it helps to explain my self-concept as I considerthis essay as transformative for me provided I have theorised many aspects ofmy identity along with it.