New Ethnicities and Language Use

New Ethnicities and Language Use


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The children and grandchildren of South Asian migrants to the UK are living out British identities which go largely unrecognized. This book emphasizes their everyday low-key Britishness, albeit a Britishness with new inflections. It is this sensibility that marks them as Brasians .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230580077
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 08/04/2006
Series: Language and Globalization
Edition description: 2006
Pages: 209
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Roxy Harris is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Science and Public Policy at King's College London, UK. He has a particular interest in the relationships between language, power, ethnicity and culture and has researched, taught and published on these issues in London for many years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Researching Ethnicities and Cultures Language Use and Ethnicity: Mapping the Terrain New Ethnicities as Lived Experience How You Talk is Who You Are 'My Culture', 'My Language', My Religion': Communities, Practices and Diasporas Popular Culture, Ethnicities and Tastes What is Brasian? Appendices Notes Bibliography Index

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'Ignored by politicians and journalists who routinely pronounce the 'death of multiculturalism' this extraordinary book shows how British society is re-made by young people that both carry and redefine the diversity of cultural life. Harris' unique contribution is his attentiveness to quotidian multicultural realities. The lesson - even more important now than when it was first published - is that ethnicity is defined not by the short-hand of identity labels like Sikh, Muslim, Black, White but rather by what people do everyday'

- Les Back, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London

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