This paper is the second of two papers presenting the results of a qualitative analysis of interviews inviting Arabic-Canadian immmigrant adolescents and parents to reflect on the stories they tell each other in the context of everyday family life. The first paper provides the results of a Grounded Theory Methodology and proposes a substantive theory of intergenerational storytelling during adolescence. This paper augments these results by presenting Narrative Analysis of a separate part of the interview inviting adolescents to tell a story to the interviewer as if telling it to their parents. Based on the stories told by 10 adolescents (5 male, 5 female), this analysis provides an initial representation of how the broad projects of acculturation and collective identity, as well as changes in parent-adolescent relationships, are brought directly into parent-adolescent day-to-day interaction in the form of small stories. These small stories present teens as performing in their day-to-day lives, with friends and strangers, and in the face of challengers and strange or familiar circumstances. The stories provide a context in which parent-adolescent interactional voices are prominent, and wherein understanding of unusual events, co-construction of self and family identities, broader social influences, and autonomy/connection dialectics emerge.


Parent-Adolescent Relationship, Storytelling, Acculturation, Narrative Analysis, Social Constructionism


Acknowledgements: Research funding is from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. We would also like to extend our thanks to Wisam Al Dabbagh, M.Sc., and Laura French, M.Sc., who assisted in transcribing, coding, and analysis of interview data; and to Reem Ebied and Sarah Darsha who conducted all interviews.

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