The UK’s shifting diasporic landscape: negotiating ethnolinguistic heterogeneity in Greek complementary schools post-2010

Petros Karatsareas 2021. The UK’s shifting diasporic landscape: negotiating ethnolinguistic heterogeneity in Greek complementary schools post-2010. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 2021 (269), pp. 99-121. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2020-0004

TitleThe UK’s shifting diasporic landscape: negotiating ethnolinguistic heterogeneity in Greek complementary schools post-2010
TypeJournal article
AuthorsKaratsareas, P.
AbstractAn estimated 65,000 Greek citizens migrated to the UK in 2010–2016, many of whom with the prospects of long-term settlement and with a view to provide better socioeconomic and educational opportunities to their children. Their arrival was felt across many sections of life both within and beyond the country’s pre-existing Greek-speaking communities. In this article, I present findings on how the arrival of Greek pupils, parents and qualified teachers diversified Greek complementary schools, which were previously run primarily by and for the Greek Cypriot community, and on the critical role language played in the process. Drawing on data from a set of semi-structured interviews with teachers and placing my investigation against the historical backdrop of migration from Greece and Cyprus to the UK, I show how teachers portrayed post-2010 migration as a much needed, albeit not always welcome, boost in ethnocultural vitality; how it helped to perpetuate the hierarchisation of standardised and non-standardised varieties of Greek and the stigmatisation of the multilingual and multidialectal repertoires of people with a Greek Cypriot background; and, how it put a strain on the ties that have historically brought the Greek and Greek Cypriot communities together in the context of the UK diaspora.
Keywordscomplementary schools; Greek Cypriot diaspora; Greek diaspora; newmigration; United Kingdom
JournalInternational Journal of the Sociology of Language
Journal citation2021 (269), pp. 99-121
ISSN0165-2516
1613-3668
Year2021
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2020-0004
Web address (URL)https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/ijsl-2020-0004/html
Publication dates
Published online07 May 2021
Published in print26 May 2021

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