Masters Thesis

Identity formation in five California conservation corpsmembers

In this study, Erik Erikson’s concept of identity formation is taken up and examined in five young men and women of the California Conservation Corps (CCC), at a small, rural, CCC residential center in northern California. The process of how the five corpsmembers come to an understanding of how their identities—their senses of sameness and continuity—are formed over time, in relation to their families, peers, teachers and work supervisors is explored, and then specifically examined and mapped through direct observation, long-term, open interviewing, and a narrative rendering of how the five both have come and are coming to make significant sense of their lives, specifically with respect to others and to time, over the course of the academic year, 2014-15.