Title

Living with an accent: a sociological analysis of linguistic strategies of immigrant youth in Canada

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-7-2016

Subject Area

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Abstract

This research explores the cultural and linguistic strategies of immigrant youth to negotiate inclusion/exclusion, including language discrimination in Vancouver, Canada. My theoretical framework draws upon the Arendtian notions of ‘public space’, and ‘action and speech’ as well as Bourdieu’s concepts of ‘symbolic violence’ and ‘habitus’. My methodology is a critical qualitative approach. Fourteen immigrant youth, aged 15–25, were involved in this research. The findings of this study indicate that unlike second-generation immigrants, first-generation immigrant youth face cultural and linguistic challenges. Non-recognition of youths’ distinct linguistic and social capitals, the imposition of official languages and the regulation of the education and language market according to the dominant linguistic norms include forms of discrimination against Turkish minority youth in Canada. Taken together, the findings suggest that immigrant youths’ cultural and linguistic experiences of inclusion and exclusion cannot be dissociated from the wider politics of the nation-state, popular hegemony and social inequalities in the host society.

Publication Title

Journal of Youth Studies

Volume

19

Issue

2

First Page

133

Last Page

148

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/13676261.2015.1052050

ISSN

13676261

E-ISSN

14699680

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