QUESTIONING HOME: A NARRATIVE INQUIRY OF ACCULTURATION OF TURKISH SOJOURNERS IN THE UNITED STATES

2022-10-13
Maya, Dilara
The present Narrative Inquiry is based on the lived experiences of seven sojourning English language instructors who were in the United States with Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship grant at the time of the study. The aim is to observe the aspects that the participants question regarding their home country through the acculturation strategies that they use in the US and the sources of acculturative stress. Acculturation Theory of Berry is the theoretical framework of the study. The triangulated data was holistically analyzed by individual and focus group interviews, outsider comments, oral memos, and the content of social media posts shared during their stay. Personal, social, and academic contexts were evaluated along with the thematic analysis. Individual narratives of the participants were retold and the acculturation strategies they implemented were identified. The study presents that there are transformative changes in all participants mainly in personal and social aspects. They scrutinized norms of their own countries and had critical thinking over various aspects of life in both the home and host settings. This study will shed light on the life-changing overseas experiences of individual experiences of English Language instructors as well as be useful for future Turkish sojourn mobilities. Keywords: culture, acculturation, sojourn, Fulbright, narrative inquiry

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Citation Formats
D. Maya, “QUESTIONING HOME: A NARRATIVE INQUIRY OF ACCULTURATION OF TURKISH SOJOURNERS IN THE UNITED STATES,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2022.