Coming into an inheritance : family support and Chinese heritage language learning

Mu, Guanglun Michael & Dooley, Karen T. (2015) Coming into an inheritance : family support and Chinese heritage language learning. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 18(4), pp. 501-515.

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Abstract

The critical role that family plays in Chinese Heritage Language learning has gained increasing attention from psychological, political and sociological scholarship. Guided by Bourdieu’s notion of ‘habitus’, our mixed methods sociological study firstly addresses the need for quantitative evidence on the relationship between family support and Chinese Heritage Language proficiency through a survey of 230 young Chinese Australians; and then explores the dynamics of family support of Chinese Heritage Language learning through multiple interviews with five participants. The interview data demonstrate ongoing intergenerational reproduction of Chinese Heritage Language through various forms of family inculcation. Learners’ transition from resistance to commitment is a focus of the analysis. Extant research struggles to theorise the reasons behind this transition. We offer a Bourdieusian explanation that construes the transition as ‘habitus realisation’. Our study has implications for Chinese Heritage Language researchers, Chinese immigrant parents and Chinese teachers.

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ID Code: 74140
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Chinese Heritage Language, family, Bourdieu, habitus, habitus realisation
DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2014.928258
ISSN: 1367-0050
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2014 22:39
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2016 13:49

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