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Coping with language differences in a super-diverse context (2015)

 

Wessendorf, S. (2015), 'All the people speak bad English’: Coping with language differences in a super-diverse context’, IRiS Working Paper Series, No. 9/2015. Birmingham: Institute for Research into Superdiversity.

Drawing on an ethnographic study undertaken by the author in the London Borough of Hackney, the paper presents examples of how language differences are skilfully bridged in public-space social interactions, for example at markets or in shops. The paper also shows how language differentially influences the kinds of social relations people form when it comes to more intimate social relations, and how knowledge of English as well as cultural capital shape the way in which both long-term residents and newcomers form such closer social relations.

Country: UK
Date: 2010s
Contributed by: Alexander Braddell
Language: English
Criteria: Scientific    

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