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Reconciling social psychology and sociolinguistics can have some benefits: Language and identity among second generation British Asians

Jaspal, R and Coyle, A (2009) Reconciling social psychology and sociolinguistics can have some benefits: Language and identity among second generation British Asians Social Psychological Review, 11 (2). 3 - 14. ISSN 0266-6790

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Abstract

Given the pervasiveness of language in social life and the implications that language use can have for one’s individual and collective identities, attempts were made to explore the theoretical and empirical advantages in connecting social psychological theories of identity and sociolinguistics in order to explore language and identity among second generation British Asians. This paper features a brief overview of the sociological background of British Asians and a detailed consideration of two social psychological theories of identity, namely, self-aspects model of identity (Simon, 2004) and identity process theory (Breakwell, 1986, 1992). It is considered that these under-utilised social psychological theories lend themselves readily to the study of language and identity among this population. Moreover, this paper considers the substantive literature on language and identity. It is argued that an interdisciplinary (social psychological and sociolinguistic) approach is particularly well-suited to the exploration of language and identity. Furthermore, ‘theoretically active’ phenomenological approaches may be particularly useful for research in this domain.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Reconciling social psychology and sociolinguistics can have some benefits: Language and identity among second generation British Asians. Social Psychological Review, 11(2), 3-14. Available online at:http://www.bpsshop.org.uk/Social-Psychological-Review-Vol-11-No-2-September-2009-P887.aspx
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2012 15:28
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 13:17
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/577005

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