British Asian undergraduate students in London

Preece, S. 2005. British Asian undergraduate students in London. in: Block, D. (ed.) Multilingual identities in a global city: London stories Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 246-288

Chapter titleBritish Asian undergraduate students in London
AuthorsPreece, S.
EditorsBlock, D.
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.

Keywordsmultilingual identities, undergraduates, higher education, heritage languages, English language, academic writing, British Asian students, widening participation, transnationalism
Book titleMultilingual identities in a global city: London stories
Page range246-288
Year2005
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication dates
Published2005
Place of publicationBasingstoke
SeriesLanguage and globalization
ISBN1-4039-3964-0

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