The Multilingual Adolescent Experience Small Stories of Integration and Socialization by Polish Families in Ireland Author: Malgosia Machowska-Kosciak

Hardback - 216 pages
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31 Mar 2020
Bilingual Education & Bilingualism
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156


This book contributes to our understanding of how older learners negotiate family internal and family external socialisation processes and thereby how parents’ ideologies and practices, peer socialisation, and language status or societal demands come together in adolescents’ lives. It integrates the sociohistorical context and adolescents’ attitudes with the parents’ role. Through the use of ‘small stories’ and ethnographic observation this book explores the social and cultural worlds of Polish immigrant adolescents in Ireland, the ways they seek membership and belonging in their communities of practice, and the ways in which they develop socio-historical understandings across the languages and cultures they are part of. It sheds light on schooling and family communities and the role they play in the socialization processes of immigrant children.

Author Biography:

Malgosia Machowska-Kosciak is a post-doctoral researcher and Project Officer in the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education, School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies, Dublin City University, Ireland. Her research focuses on the social, psychological and cultural challenges faced by young people from diverse backgrounds, their complex identity negotiations and the power relations inherent in society.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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