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    Making a family: language ideologies and practices in a multilingual LGBTQ+ family with adopted children

    Kozminska, Kinga and Zhu, H. (2021) Making a family: language ideologies and practices in a multilingual LGBTQ+ family with adopted children. In: Wright, L. and Higgins, C. (eds.) Diversifying Family Language Policy. Contemporary Studies in Linguistics. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing, pp. 55-79. ISBN 9781350189904.

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    This book chapter examines emerging family configurations and experiences of multilingualism in Britain in 2017–19. To inform our understanding of new practices and needs and challenges different multilingual families might face in everyday life, we examine embodied communicative practices within one self-identified LGBTQ+ family with a history of transracial adoption and transnational migration from Poland to South East England. Following emerging research on fatherhood and masculinities in multilingual family research (e.g., Wright 2020; Doyle 2018 ), we analyze the family’s use of English resources in caregiver-child interactions, both in the immediate context of communicative and bonding needs and the wider context of complex language relations conditioned by political economic subordination and experiences of non-heteronormative masculinities in transnational space.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): family language policy, transnational migration, multilingualism, adoption, LGBTQ+ families
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Multilingual and Multicultural Research, Centre for (CMMR)
    Depositing User: Kinga Kozminska
    Date Deposited: 23 May 2022 16:17
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:53


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