Language Practices in Regional Settings — The Language Nesting Model
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This chapter returns to the conceptual and empirical interventions laid out in Chapter 1 through previously untold stories about the complex cultural, linguistic and political identities of African diaspora communities in regional Australia. The chapter argues that the identity of those with an African background who arrived in Australia as refugees is shaped and mediated by convoluted migration journeys through several countries as asylum seekers, where they may have spent from two to twenty years, before permanent settlement in Australia. The linguistic and cultural experiences gained in transit added to the already dense levels of diversity among African migrants.
KeywordsEthnic Identity Asylum Seeker Life Story Regional Setting Language Practice
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