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ERIC Number: EJ831194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1550-7076
Multiple Schools, Languages, Experiences and Affiliations: Ideological Becomings and Positionings
Maguire, Mary H.; Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan
Heritage Language Journal, v5 n1 p50-78 Sum 2007
This article focuses on the identity accounts of a group of Chinese children who attend a heritage language school. Bakhtin's concepts of ideological becoming, and authoritative and internally persuasive discourse, frame our exploration. Taking a dialogic view of language and learning raises questions about schools as socializing spaces and ideological environments. The children in this inquiry articulate their own ideological patterns of alignment. Those patterns, and the children's code switching, seem mostly determined by their socialization, language affiliations, friendship patterns, family situations, and legal access to particular schools. Five patterns of ideological becoming are presented. The children's articulated preferences indicate that they assert their own ideological stances towards prevailing authoritative discourses, give voice to their own sense of agency and internally persuasive discourses, and respond to the ideological resources that mediate their linguistic repertoires. (Contains 14 figures, 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)