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Investigating narrative inequality: African asylum seekers’ stories in Belgium

Blommaert, Jan (2001) Investigating narrative inequality: African asylum seekers’ stories in Belgium. Discourse and Society, 12 (4). pp. 413-449. ISSN 0957-9265. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Additional Information: This paper is based on original and innovative research on asylum seekers' narratives, aimed at bringing out the implicit patterning and coherence in such narratives, and explaining why such narratives fail to be understood in the asylum application procedure. The data are fieldwork data, rigorously analyzed as to linguistic and narrative detail. The article raises several important theoretical issues and offers clear suggestions for narrative analysis on non-native language material. It has been often cited and has influenced some research by other scholars. It is relevant to education because it engages with the tension between expected language competences (the capacity, for instance, to tell a story in a particular recognizable way) and actual language capacity in a globalising world. This tension increasingly characterises institutional processes ranging from asylum applications to education systems.
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Learning, Curriculum and Communication
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 16:18
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:09
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