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Language, Culture and Identity in Two Chinese Community Schools. More than One Way of Being Chinese?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sara GanassinORCiD


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This book investigates the social, political and educational role of community language education in migratory contexts. It draws on an ethnographic study that investigates the significance of Mandarin-Chinese community schooling in Britain as an intercultural space for those involved. To understand the interrelation of ‘language’, ‘culture’ and ‘identity’, the book adopts a ‘bricolage’ approach that brings together a range of theoretical perspectives. This book challenges homogenous and stereotypical constructions of Chinese language, culture and identity – such as the image of Chinese pupils as conformist and deferent learners – that are often repeated both in the media and in academic discussion.

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Author(s): Ganassin S

Series Editor(s): Michael Byram; Anthony Liddicoat

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Languages for Intercultural Communication and Education

Year: 2020

Number of Pages: 200

Print publication date: 06/04/2020

Acceptance date: 24/10/2019

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

Place Published: Bristol


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ISBN: 9781788927222