Second-Generation South Asian Britons: Multilingualism, Heritage Languages, and Diasporic Identity

Author:   Sheena Kalayil
Publisher:   Lexington Books
ISBN:  

9781498580021


Pages:   186
Publication Date:   05 March 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Second-Generation South Asian Britons: Multilingualism, Heritage Languages, and Diasporic Identity


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Second-Generation South Asian Britons: A Narrative Inquiry into Multilingualism, Heritage Languages, and Diasporic Identity uses the narratives of seven high-professional, second-generation South Asian Britons to explore issues related to Heritage Language learning and maintenance, discourses of identity and the practices of multicultural families in the UK. Through semi-structured interviews conducted in English, the participants of the study provide articulate and reflective accounts of the language dynamics in the families they grew up in, the communities and environs of their childhood, their young adulthoods and their current lives as parents of dual-heritage children. By investigating both the stories that they tell and how they tell them, this study offers insights into how monolingual narratives can be used to comment on multilingualism.

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Author:   Sheena Kalayil
Publisher:   Lexington Books
Imprint:   Lexington Books
Dimensions:   Width: 16.10cm , Height: 2.10cm , Length: 23.00cm
Weight:   0.472kg
ISBN:  

9781498580021


ISBN 10:   1498580025
Pages:   186
Publication Date:   05 March 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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In an age of global mobility, heritage languages and migrant identities are now a key element in understanding contemporary cultural life. Kalayil's rich and sensitive exploration of second generation British Asian narratives offers a unique insight into the increasingly widespread phenomenon of intercultural identity. Through her participants' voices and stories, Kalayil showcases the heterogeneous nature of cultural and linguistic capital, and the correspondingly diverse ways in which individuals create a sense of self, a sense of culture, and a place in a changing world. The volume challenges students, scholars, and the general public to look beyond simple cultural generalisations and recognise the unique ways in which culture resides in the individual. -- Devyani Sharma, Queen Mary University of London


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Sheena Kalayil is teaching fellow at the University of Manchester.

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