Normalization of English and Identity Construction of Refugee Background Youth from Burma/Myanmar in US Schools

Tun, K.W. (2022) Normalization of English and Identity Construction of Refugee Background Youth from Burma/Myanmar in US Schools. Anthropology and Education Quarterly. ISSN 0161-7761

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Abstract

This paper is based on the ethnographic multiple case study of four refugee background youths from Burma at four different schools in a midwestern urban school district in the US. My research finds that the normalization of English constructed the focal youths' language-related identities. I also argue that through this normalization, language difference between school and home became a difference that marginalized the focal youth in their class and racialized their subjectivity.

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Journal Article
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Anthropology and Education Quarterly
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171100
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Deposited On:
31 May 2022 13:30
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Yes
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Published
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22 Nov 2022 11:28