Language learning and the politics of belonging: Sudanese women refugees becoming and being "American"

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Abstract

In this article, I explore the complicated relationship between ideologies of language and language learning, discourses of immigration and belonging, and the actual lived experiences of individual language learners. The analysis demonstrates how questions of educational access, economic stability, and social membership are all influenced by a range of social, political, and historical factors, particularly for recently arrived immigrants and refugees from war-torn African contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-359
Number of pages17
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

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Keywords

  • Belonging
  • Immigration
  • Language ideology
  • Language learning
  • Membership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology

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