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What is Privileged Discourses

Handbook of Research on Advancing Language Equity Practices With Immigrant Communities
Discourses based on the privileged elite, those with access to social resources and power.
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Straddling Two Worlds: Immigrant Adolescents' Construction of Identities
Leila Kajee (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3448-9.ch009
Education is a challenge confronting immigrants in a country where they are perceived as cultural and linguistic outsiders. School becomes, for immigrant youth, the next most important societal institution to family, given that it is a powerful indicator of the child's ongoing and future well-being. School also serves as a primary form of contact with mainstream society. However, schools of the majority culture become potential sites of dissent. This chapter derives from a larger project on “Immigrant Literacy Practices in and Out of School in South Africa.” The aim of this chapter is to explore, through their narratives, how adolescent immigrant youth interpret their subjective identities and position themselves in relation to the host country, South Africa.
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