In Chapter 2 of UnderstandingYouth: Adolescent Development for Educators by Nakkula and Toshalis the discussion of both identity and context mapping is discussed. Context mapping is a how we as human beings define ourselves. Our identity is different when we are presented with different contexts. An example of my different experiences definitely shapes to mold these separate identities. In school I am a student who is learning, taking classes and anticipating graduation whereas in my job and internship I am professional while helping to mold who I want/inspire to be as both a youth worker and an employer.
In this reading following Julian’s bathroom graffiti incident, Mitch asked Julian to make a list that consisted of the various spaces and relationships in his life. Julian’s list consist was to open his eyes on what the things surrounding him are demanding him.
The four different identities are as followed:
- Foreclosed identity is defined without any prior life experiences, not being open-minded to other things/experiences.
- Diffuse identity is defined as changing their identity in regard to their surroundings. Their identity changes due to the context, such as friends, school and other events.
- Identity moratorium is defined as using this period for testing out new ideas. Testing new ideas opens the eyes to see if they work or do not work.
- Achieved identity is when an individual gathers their past, present and future experiences to mold together a "leader role".