Bilingual Pre-Teens: Competing Ideologies and Multiple Identities in the U.S. and Germany

1st Edition

Janet M. Fuller

Routledge
Published May 31, 2017
Reference - 178 Pages - 10 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138107212 - CAT# Y336882
Series: Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics

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Summary

This volume examines the connection between socio-economic class and bilingual practices, a previously under-researched area, through looking at differences in bilingual settings that are classified as "immigrant" or "elite" and are thus linked to socio-economic class categories. Fuller chooses for this examination bilingual pre-teen children in Germany and the U.S. in order to demonstrate how local identities are embedded in a wider social world and how ideologies and identities both produce and reproduce each other. In so doing, she argues that while pre-teen children are clearly influenced by macro-level ideologies, they also have agency in how they choose to construct their identities with relation to hegemonic societal discourses, and have many other motivations and identities aside from social class membership which shape their linguistic practices.

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