Heritage language learning for Chinese Australians : the role of habitus

Mu, Guanglun Michael (2014) Heritage language learning for Chinese Australians : the role of habitus. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 35(5), pp. 497-510.

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The relationship between Heritage Language and ethnic identity has gained significant research ground in social psychological and poststructural scholarship, with empirical evidence largely emerging from the North American settings. There is little pertinent sociological work conducted outside North America. To fill this gap, this sociological study sets its scene in an Australian context. Drawing on Bourdieu’s notion of habitus, the study examines the contribution of Chinese Australians’ Chineseness to their Chinese Heritage Language proficiency. Two hundred and thirty young Chinese Australians completed the online survey. Results from multiple regression indicate that habitus of Chineseness is one of the significant predictors for the Chinese Heritage Language proficiency of these young people. The study makes a theoretical contribution to investigate ethnic identity – Heritage Language link through the notion of habitus and makes a methodological contribution to quantify this habitus.

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ID Code: 65608
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 10 February 2014. The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on 10 August 2015.
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Keywords: Chineseness, Chinese Heritage Language, identity, habitus, Bourdieu
DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2014.882340
ISSN: 0143-4632
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 10 February 2014,
Deposited On: 03 Jan 2014 01:12
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2015 01:50

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