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Transnational literacies as social remittances: the role of language ideologies in shaping migrants' online literacies

Capstick, T. (2020) Transnational literacies as social remittances: the role of language ideologies in shaping migrants' online literacies. Applied Linguistics, 41 (2). pp. 301-319. ISSN 1477-450X

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It is now twenty years since the term ‘social remittances’ was taken up to capture the notion that migration involves the circulation of ideas, practices, identities and social capital between destination and origin countries, in addition to the more tangible circulation of money. In a similar vein, a social theory of literacy sees practices not as observable units of behaviour but rather as social processes which connect people. To identify how literacy practices can be seen as social remittances, I identify how Usman, the key respondent in this study, goes about describing his first six months in the UK by tracing the meaning-making trajectories in our interviews together. I then explore the language and literacy choices that his family and friends make on Facebook as they remit ideas, beliefs and practices in their transnational literacies. I examine how these practices are shaped by beliefs about language. The paper seeks to understand the relationship between migrants’ literacy practices before and after their migrations and how these practices remit ideas and beliefs which maintain transnational migration.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
ID Code:79704
Uncontrolled Keywords:transnational literacies, social remittances
Publisher:Oxford Journals


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