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Ethnic minority children's cultural practices and patterns of national and ethnic identification

Vethanayagam, Shashika and Barrett, Martyn (2006) Ethnic minority children's cultural practices and patterns of national and ethnic identification XVIII International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology.

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Abstract

To date, acculturation has only been studied extensively amongst adolescents and adults. The present research brings together two distinct research traditions, namely research into acculturation (Berry, 1997; Hutnik, 1991) and research into the development of ethnic attitudes in children (Aboud, 1988; Nesdale, 1999). A qualitative study was conducted with the aim of exploring the relationship between children’s ethnic identifications and acculturation styles. Thirty two children aged 7-11 years old from a variety of Asian ethnic minority backgrounds in London were interviewed using a semi-structured interview schedule regarding their ethnic identifications, family, school, friends, role models, religion, travel and experiences of prejudice, and their cultural tastes in music, food, TV, movies, clothing and sport. The interview transcripts were analysed using a grounded theory approach (Glaser & Strauss, 1967). The findings reveal the dynamic nature of children’s ethnic minority identity, its relationship to the dominant culture, and the multiple acculturation strategies which ethnic minority group children are able to use in different contexts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Poster presented at the XVIII International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Spetses, GBreece, July 2006.Click here for a list of Martyn Barrett's publications.
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:42
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:34
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/1629

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