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IRIART, Mirela Figueiredo  and  BASTOS, Ana Cecília de Sousa. Narrative Identities: constructing meanings trough youth transitions. Fractal, Rev. Psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.26, n.1, pp.71-88. ISSN 1984-0292.

Based on the semiotic and systemic perspectives and on the dialogical self approach, this paper analyzes the self configuration, through the developmental trajectories of young people living in social vulnerability conditions. The self is understood through narrative construction, as forms of negotiating interpersonal and intrapersonal meanings, dialogically, over time and space. Three narrative interviews with young people in different contexts of Salvador-Bahia, (NGO, Capoeira group and Socioeducative centre for adolescents in law conflict) were analyzed. The mobility of the network of meanings, configured through meetings with significant others provide re-signification of critical experience and the emergence of psychological novelty. The conclusions highlight the possibility of negotiating I-positions through the experience of narrating life trajectories, reconfiguring the self in a dialogical way and strengthening future expectations.

Keywords : developmental trajectory; narrative identities; significant meetings.

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