Identity construction and scale making of migrant university students in multilingual settings: A scalar analysis

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Abstract

This qualitative study investigates how migrant students from mainland China attending Hong Kong universities, as scale makers, negotiate and construct new scales and identities by utilizing their sociolinguistic resources, and how their scale making is related to such social categories as history and politics. The findings suggest that (re)scaling practices are beyond hierarchically-ordered indexical regularities, but develop and change as a shifting category, and can be considered a construct that allows for negotiation and creation of meanings. The participants show their agentiveness in defining a translocal space that advocates hybridity to their advantage. It is also found that the participants established new tacit norms and organized their identities with reference to experiences and attitudes local students lacked. Under the force or influence of political, social, economic, and interpersonal factors, rescaling practices were continuously in play, and norms were re-constructed by language users. Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Early online dateApr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Apr 2018

Citation

Gu, M. M. (2018). Identity construction and scale making of migrant university students in multilingual settings: A scalar analysis. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13670050.2018.1465887

Keywords

  • Identity
  • Scale
  • Multilingual university setting
  • Migrant students

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