This study can be described and summarised by making use of the construct of emigration. Firstly, it focuses on the discourses circulating in South Africa that inform people’s decision to emigrate. It consists of two narratives, written by the participants, concerning their experience around emigration and how they have constructed meaning from it. By qualitatively exploring these narratives an attempt was made to understand and illuminate the discourses informing their decision to emigrate. Secondly, it incorporates my self-narrative as a thread running through the study, using the metaphor of emigration. This journey starts with an introduction to the social constructionist approach that informs the position from which this study is written. In this part of the journey basic ideas from this approach are discussed and linked to the participants’ texts. I also introduce my self-narrative and my personal experience with social constructionism. From this, a research narrative is introduced according to which the co-researcher’s texts will be explored. Discourse analysis is then used to explore and deconstruct the various themes that are highlighted in the texts. I have used grounded theory to guide me through this process. Existing literature and narratives on emigration have also been included and explored in this study to point out any similarities and differences in the presenting discourses. Further more, this journey is constructed to illustrate the discourses around emigration that individuals might bring forth in conversation with psychologists. It is the intention of this study to make psychologists aware of personal emigration narratives and to discourage psychologists from entering into conversations with assumptions as to what informs their client’s decision to emigrate.
Dissertation (MA (Counselling Psychology))--University of Pretoria, 2006.