Self-Mapping and Construction of the Identity: The Case Study of Two Twin Girls Between Past, Present and Future

  • Paola DonatielloEmail author
Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 16)


This chapter focuses on the analysis of maps drawn by two heterozygote adolescent twin girls that attend high school in a small town not far from their place of origin. Unlike the majority of other case studies that focus on university students who live far from their places of origin, in this case the subjects involved have not moved away completely, though they leave their place of origin every day for part of the day. Another difference from other case studies is the age of the subjects involved; they are teen-agers, in-between childhood– a period of their lives they have left behind– and adulthood– which they are headed towards. The main focus of this case study is the comparative analysis of the twin sisters’ representations of their place of origin. Though the sisters are heterozygotes twins and have spent all their lives in the same family and social environment, their graphic representations and verbal commentary on their drawings (which included a dialogue between the two girls) show marked differences. The comparative analysis includes the drawings of the two girls, their verbal commentaries, and satellite maps of their place of origin that were used to find and compare their respective representative choices, omissions and misrepresentations.


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  1. 1.CUBE- Ethnosemiotic Centre, Department of Visual, Performing and Media ArtsUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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