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Multilingual Gendered Identities: Female Undergraduate Students in London Talk about Heritage Languages

Preece, S; (2008) Multilingual Gendered Identities: Female Undergraduate Students in London Talk about Heritage Languages. Journal of Language, Identity and Education , 7 (1) pp. 41-60. 10.1080/15348450701804706. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article I explore how a group of female university students, mostly British Asian and in their late teens and earlytwenties, 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.

Type: Article
Title: Multilingual Gendered Identities: Female Undergraduate Students in London Talk about Heritage Languages
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15348450701804706
Keywords: gender, identity, multilingualism, femininities, heritage languages, higher education
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10023194
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