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Josselson, Ruthellen

Works: 59 works in 307 publications in 3 languages and 12,922 library holdings
Genres: Longitudinal studies  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Interviewer
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Most widely held works about Ruthellen Josselson
Most widely held works by Ruthellen Josselson
Revising herself : the story of women's identity from college to midlife by Ruthellen Josselson( )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1972, Ruthellen Josselson was a young psychologist fascinated by the riddle of how a woman creates an identity and chooses one path over another in life - particularly in the face of the nascent feminist movement, which challenged as never before the traditional role models of earlier generations. Selecting at random thirty young women in their last year of college, Josselson undertook a ground-breaking study that would follow these women's personal odysseys over the next twenty-two years, from graduation to midlife." "With stunning candor and hard-won insight, the "ordinary" (and anonymous) women in Josselson's study reveal how much more complex and interesting real women's lives are than the one-dimensional stereotypes often portrayed in the media. Dismissing a traditional "stage theory" of development as overly simplistic, Josselson identifies four trajectories that women take from adolescence to adulthood. Guardians are the "good girls" - high achieving and committed to fulfilling their family's expectations, but rigid in outlook and resistant to change. Pathmakers are not afraid of risk or commitment, striving to balance their own needs with others'. The often idealistic Searchers are overwhelmed by choice and unable to make commitments, while Drifters live only for the moment, avoiding choice and an exploration of identity. Reflecting the degree to which women take risks, make choices, and form commitments, these paths form a foundation for adulthood - but they also lead to surprises: at midlife, Guardians seem strikingly able to "cut loose" from earlier traditional patterns, while many Drifters have "found themselves," sometimes in quite traditional ways. And coming of age just as the feminist movement gathered momentum, the women in Josselson's study were the first to confront many contemporary issues not faced by their mothers, or their mothers' mothers. How does an Irish Catholic contemplate an abortion? How does a woman whose parents believe education is wasted on a daughter find the will to apply to medical school? In examining these questions and others, Josselson shows that the forging of a woman's identity - whatever her "path" - is ongoing, a balancing of the need for self-assertion against the equally compelling need for relationships. Women create their identities along the seams of both competence and connection and continually revise what they have made."--BOOK JACKET
Making meaning of narratives by Ruthellen Josselson( )

20 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and German and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contributors from five countries, in fields including criminology, literature studies, nursing, psychology, and sociology, explore issues such as how to make meaning of narrative interviews by considering the problem of interpreting what is not said, how cultural meanings about gender are transmitted across generations, and uses of the transformati
Interpreting experience by Ruthellen Josselson( )

14 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How does context shape biography? How do language and relationships affect the development of people's work lives? An international group of scholars from diverse disciplines address these and other issues in the latest volume of The Narrative Study of Lives. They explore what it means to take narrative seriously and how an empathic stance in narrative research opens out on the dialogic self. The contributors also consider questions of how participants make meaning out of their experience in the framework of available interpretive horizons. In addition, there are sections that use narrative approaches to develop a deeper understanding of loneliness and the "coming out" process in homosexuality. This volume examines the many ways in which people interpret their experience and explores conceptual avenues to make use of these understandings in the analysis of human life."--Jacket
Finding herself : pathways to identity development in women by Ruthellen Josselson( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(The Jossey-Bass social and behavioral science series)
The space between us : exploring the dimensions of human relationships by Ruthellen Josselson( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book on interpersonal relationships
Identity and story : creating self in narrative by Dan P McAdams( Book )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An increasing number of psychologists argue that people give meaning to their lives by constructing and internalizing self-defining stories. The contributors to this volume explore how, beginning in adolescence and young adulthood, our narrative identities become the stories we live by. This volume addresses the most important and difficult issues in the study of narrative identity, including questions of unity and multiplicity in stories, the controversy over individual versus societal authorship of stories, and the extent to which stories typically show stability or growth in the narrator."--Jacket
Turns in the road : narrative studies of lives in transition( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Up close and personal : the teaching and learning of narrative research( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Up Close and Personal: The Teaching and Learning of Narrative Research, the second volume in the series The Narrative Study of Lives, brings together a diverse group of narrative research scholars who share their actual experiences of learning, teaching, working, and growing in this exciting field. The wide variety of innovative approaches and expansive theoretical perspectives they offer will be immensely helpful to those who are learning or teaching qualitative methods." "In this volume, chapter authors successfully challenge readers to think about narrative research in its own context while also maintaining original, personal voices that underscore the value this field places on an individual's communication of his or her experience. By revealing their struggles with qualitative research's emerging and evolving processes and their experiences working with students at various educational levels, these authors subtly, but effectively, arm teachers with tools that anticipate common pitfalls and frustrations. At the same time, the authors relate professional triumphs that illustrate effective teaching - and doing - of narrative research."--Jacket
Best friends : the pleasures and perils of girls' and women's friendships by T. E Apter( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ruthellen Josselson and Terri Apter's many years of working with hundreds of girls and women have given them insight into the emotionally important relationships that are integral to a girl's self-image. Best Friends explores the bonds of friendship between girls and between women and the sorrows and joys they experience together, from early adolescence and throughout their lives
The meaning of others : narrative studies of relationships( Book )

11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the past several years, psychologists have begun to question their concept of the self-contained individual while devoting more attention to relational, ecological models of self. This broader conceptualization of the self has been deepened by qualitative methods of studying the self-in-relationship. Building on their previous volumes in The Narrative Study of Lives series, editors Josselson, Lieblich, and McAdams illustrate the potential for narrative analysis to present new insights on human relationships. Here they present creative exemplars of studies on how relationships with parents, friends, peers, therapists, and even members of Internet communities affect such challenging human processes as acculturation, racial identity development, secure attachment, career choice, caregiving, and grief. This volume will be of interest to those who seek a more complex understanding of the experience of relationship in human development. Therapists, researchers, and students of developmental, personality, and clinical psychology will find that this book illuminates the concept of human relationship in context and in its many narratively structured possibilities for meaning."--Jacket
Healing plots : the narrative basis of psychotherapy by Amia Lieblich( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Therapy is the process of developing a narrative that helps bring integration and coherence to a chaotic life. In Healing Plots: The Narrative Basis of Psychotherapy, the third volume in the series The Narrative Study of Lives, editors Amia Lieblich, Dan P. McAdams, and Ruthellen Josselson bring together a diverse group of psychotherapist-scholars to explore the relationship between storytelling and therapy. Drawing directly from practice experiences with a wide variety of clients, the chapter authors present illuminating case studies of lives being examined in therapy. The authors ground their contributions in the shared theory that effective therapeutic interventions often involve the co-construction of healing narratives in the face of personal, moral, and social adversity. Using a variety of perspectives, contexts, and cultural settings, the authors examine how therapists and clients negotiate narrative conflict and complexity, present types of stories that significantly animate the psychotherapeutic process, and discuss how life stories can change through, and as a result of, therapy. By recounting and deconstructing therapeutic experiences with clients, contributors collectively demonstrate how narratives shape and humanize therapists' work, and how the process of therapy enriches our understanding of narratives and their place in contemporary studies of human identity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)
Exploring identity and gender : the narrative study of lives( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring Identity and Gender, the second volume in The Narrative Study of Lives annual book series, focuses on narratives of girls' and women's lives as well as other identity issues. Among the issues this volume addresses are individual identity in the context of a familial heritage and how one's sense of individuality relates to his or her style of management. The international team of authors also explores issues such as how women construct the lives of other women in biographical work, how individuals conduct their life episodes in patterns similar to the plots of stories, how the women's movement influenced three women's adult lives, and how girls' sense of themselves changes as they move into adolescence
Navigating multiple identities : race, gender, culture, nationality, and roles( Book )

15 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In our increasingly complex, globalized world, people often carry conflicting psychosocial identities. This volume considers individuals who are navigating across racial minority or majority status, various cultural expectations and values gender identities, and roles
Ethics and process in the narrative study of lives by Ruthellen Josselson( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most significant truths about human beings are to be found in the stories of their lives. But what happens to those stories and to the people whose lives are told when a researcher seeks to make those stories known? Ruthellen Josselson has assembled an international cast of scholars to reflect on the process of life-narrative study and the ethical dilemmas that face researchers whose very mode of narrative inquiry may involve a violation of another and unwittingly lead to a sense of betrayal, shame, or guilt. In these disarmingly candid and engaging essays, narrative researchers of many different stripes talk about the morally delicate and epistemologically precarious enterprise of telling another's story. The authors raise fascinating questions about who ultimately controls the tellings, what happens to stories once they are told, and why stories influence not only the people whose lives are told but also the tellers themselves, whose own professional and personal lives may even be captured by or appropriated into the stories they are aiming to tell. This volume is essential for researchers, professionals, and students in research methods, including qualitative methods, developmental psychology, education, relationships, and language and discourse analysis
Interviewing for qualitative inquiry : a relational approach by Ruthellen Josselson( Book )

12 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Engagingly written, this book builds the reader's skills for conducting in-depth interviews designed to address a particular research question. With an emphasis on the dynamics of the research relationship, Ruthellen Josselson artfully demonstrates the steps of a successful interview. Each step is illustrated with excerpts from interviews on diverse topics. The book describes how to structure interviews effectively, develop questions that elicit meaningful narratives, cultivate skills for empathic listening and responding, avoid common pitfalls, and deal with problems that develop in an interview
Conversation as method : analyzing the relational world of people who were raised communally( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This cutting-edge presentation is a must-have for academics, researchers, and students in feminist or qualitative methodology, as well as for courses covering social/personality psychology, close relationships, developmental psychology, and family studies
Playing Pygmalion : how people create one another by Ruthellen Josselson( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We create the characters that people our lives. Although others appear to us to be who they just are, there are complicated unconscious psychological processes that lead us to experience people in ways that we ourselves construct. This book analyzes how four pairs of people, central in each other's lives, create one another. It demonstrates how each of us is like a theater director, casting others into roles on our stage, even as others are casting us into their dramas. --From publisher's description
Paths to fulfillment : women's search for meaning and identity by Ruthellen Josselson( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How do women create fulfilling lives? How does the identity they choose (or not choose) by the end of their college career affect how their lives unfold? For 35 years, Ruthellen Josselson has followed 25 randomly selected women who graduated from college in the early 1970s. Because these women came of age at this particular time in history, they were the trailblazers in creating new possibilities for women's lives by taking up meaningful roles in the work world. These "real" women, in contrast to the stereotypes of the time, took on the challenge in very different ways and championed very different lives for themselves. In Paths to Fulfillment: Women's Search for Meaning and Identity, Josselson traces the stages of these women's lives and the ways in which identity, intimacy, and care for others over time leads to fulfillment, or in some cases, a lack of fulfillment. She examines the complexity of the relationship between a woman's roots, her efforts to create a unique life for herself, and how others become part of identity. Josselson examines individual lives in depth for clues to understanding the strengths that help a woman to find fulfillment, and how in generativity becomes an anchor for meaningful identity as lives unfold. With remarkable clarity and insight, Josselson challenges simplistic generalizations about women, and shows how work, love, and care are all intertwined in a woman's sense of identity"--The publisher
Der Weg zu mir : Frauen beschreiben ihr Selbst by Ruthellen Josselson( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in German and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Was uns zusammenhält : zur Psychologie der zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen by Ruthellen Josselson( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in German and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The space between us : exploring the dimensions of human relationships
Alternative Names
Josselson, Ruthellen Lefkowitz.

Josselson, Ruthellen Lefkowitz 1946-

Lefkowitz Josselson, Ruthellen 1946-

ג'וסלסון, רותאלן

English (247)

German (4)

Chinese (2)

Making meaning of narrativesInterpreting experienceThe space between us : exploring the dimensions of human relationshipsIdentity and story : creating self in narrativeTurns in the road : narrative studies of lives in transitionUp close and personal : the teaching and learning of narrative researchBest friends : the pleasures and perils of girls' and women's friendshipsThe meaning of others : narrative studies of relationships