chapter  16
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Personal Persistence and Persistent Peoples: Continuities in the Lives of Individual and Whole Cultural Communities

T his chapter is written in two parts. The second part summarizes an ongoing program of research aimed at determining how young people of different ages, and from different cultural backgrounds, ordinarily succeed in preserving a sense of their own and others’ self-and cultural continuity in the face of inevitable change. By focusing attention on actively suicidal youth, and on selected Aboriginal communities where youth suicide is epidemic, a part of this work also undertakes to tally the high costs sometimes levied against those who lose the thread of their own personal and cultural persistence.