Reconciling social psychology and socio-linguistics can have some benefits: language and identity among second generation British Asians

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519 and Coyle, A., 2009. Reconciling social psychology and socio-linguistics can have some benefits: language and identity among second generation British Asians. Social Psychological Review, 11 (2), pp. 3-14. ISSN 1369-7862

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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.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Social Psychological Review
Creators: Jaspal, R. and Coyle, A.
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Date: 1 September 2009
Volume: 11
Number: 2
ISSN: 1369-7862
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 21 Apr 2020 10:57
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 10:57
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39708

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