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Multilingual gendered identities: female undergraduate students in London talk about heritage languages

Preece, Siân (2008) Multilingual gendered identities: female undergraduate students in London talk about heritage languages. Journal of Language, Identity and Education, 7 (1). pp. 41-60. ISSN 1534-8458

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Abstract

In this paper I explore how a group of female university students, mostly British Asian and in their late teens and early twenties, perform femininities in talk about heritage languages. I argue that analysis of this talk reveals ways in which the participants enact ‘culturally intelligible’ gendered subject positions. This frequently involves negotiating the norms of ‘heteronormativity’, constituting femininity in terms of marriage, motherhood and maintenance of heritage culture and language, and ‘girl power’, constituting femininity in terms of youth, sassiness, glamour and individualism. For these young women, I ask whether higher education can become a site in which they have the opportunities to explore these identifications and examine other ways of imagining the self and what their stories suggest about ‘doing being’ a young British Asian woman in London.

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Additional Information: This article analyses spoken interaction gathered during a longitudinal project into language and identity with first year students from working-class, minority ethnic backgrounds. The focus is on the interaction between language and gender in spoken interaction recorded in the classroom. In particular, it looks at the gendered identity positions that emerge as second generation minority ethnic women talk about their heritage languages. It is part of a collection of London stories and provides a cutting edge account of life and education in London for British-born minority ethnic young women. This adds to previous studies in educational linguistics that have primarily looked at adolescents and have largely ignored gender as a dimension of identity. It has been published by the Journal of Language, Identity and Education, an international and interdisciplinary journal devoted to innovative and rigorous research and critical scholarship that helps define and advance inquiry concerned with intersecting issues related to language, identity, and education. This is an electronic version of an article published in Preece, Siân (2008) Multilingual gendered identities: female undergraduate students in London talk about heritage languages. Journal of Language Identity and Education, 7 (1). pp. 41-60. Journal of Language Identity and Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/15348450701804706
Controlled Keywords: England - London; Higher education institution; English as a second language; Gender; Multiculturalism; gendered identity; subject positions; multilingualism; femininities; heritage language; higher education.
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2010 10:15
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:08
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/6060
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