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Moving Up without Losing Your WayThe Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility$
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Jennifer Morton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691179230

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691179230.001.0001

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Navigating an Evolving Identity

Navigating an Evolving Identity

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(p.72) 3 Navigating an Evolving Identity
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Moving Up without Losing Your Way
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Jennifer M. Morton

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691179230.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the idea of codeswitching in order to avoid incurring ethical costs and retain a sense of one's identity. It talks about how changing a person behaves as it moves between the community it is attempting to join in which the person's family and friends reside. The chapter discusses codeswitching as a strategy for strivers to navigate the ethical conflicts that arise when one is pulled in different directions by conflicting sets of social expectations. Strivers might deploy codeswitching as a way to maintain their ties to their community while adapting to the world in which educational and career opportunities reside. Playing for both sides might be thought of as a strategy to minimize the ethical costs that strivers face as they pursue upward mobility.

Keywords:   codeswitching, identity, community, strivers, social expectations, upward mobility, educational opportunities, career opportunities, ethical costs

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