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British Asian undergraduate students in London

Preece, Sian (2005) British Asian undergraduate students in London. In: Block, David, (ed.) Multilingual identities in a global city: London stories. Language and globalization . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 246-288. ISBN 1-4039-3964-0

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Abstract

This chapter explores the ways in which 3 British Asian undergraduates on an academic writing programme talk about language by telling stories about their lives, in which they relate language to experiences and relationships. Many of their stories are concerned with 'home', which at times refers to London and at other times denotes ancestral homelands. 'Home' does not only refer to a physical location, but also to the complex realm of emotions as a place where individuals feel they belong. For people who have migrated there is frequently an inner tug of war that involves dealing with ambivalent feelings arising from attempts to reconcile new surroundings with remaining attachments to an 'imagined homeland'. The data in this chapter suggest that these feelings remain, to a greater or lesser extent, for the British-born children of migrants.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:multilingual identities, undergraduates, higher education, heritage languages, English language, academic writing, British Asian students, widening participation, transnationalism
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
University of Westminster > Westminster Exchange
ID Code:2689
Deposited On:05 Dec 2006
Last Modified:20 Oct 2009 16:34

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