Negotiating Chineseness and Capitalising on Resources Through Learning Chinese Heritage Language: Habitus and Capital in Fields

Mu, Guanglun Michael (2016) Negotiating Chineseness and Capitalising on Resources Through Learning Chinese Heritage Language: Habitus and Capital in Fields. In Robertson, Margaret & Tsang, Po Keung Eric (Eds.) Everyday Knowledge, Education and Sustainable Futures: Transdisciplinary Approaches in the Asia-Pacific Region. Springer Singapore, pp. 41-58.

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The increasing linguistic and cultural diversity of our society has seen the growing salience of facilitating heritage language learning of ethnic minority people. The maintenance and development of Chinese heritage language (CHL), given the long history and the large scale of the migration of its speakers, has gained much scholarly attention. This leads up to a rich stream of research addressing Chinese heritage language learners (CHLLs)’ perplex, multifaceted commitments to, and their subtle, multilayer identities in, CHL learning. Much, if not most, of this scholarship draws on social psychological and poststructural frameworks and provides empirical evidence predominantly emerging from North American contexts. The current chapter differs, however, in its use of Bourdieu’s sociology to speculate CHL learning in Australia, an idiosyncratic cultural and social space for CHLLs. I will open the chapter with a panoramic review of different approaches to CHLLs’ commitment to, and their identity construction through, CHL learning. This will give rise to my sociological investigation of how Chinese Australians negotiate Chineseness and capitalise on resources through CHL learning.

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ID Code: 96747
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Chineseness, Habitus, Capital, Field, Bourdieu, Chinese Heritage Language
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-0216-8_4
ISBN: 9789811002144
ISSN: 1573-5397
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2016 23:02
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2016 21:39

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