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What is Social Power

Autoethnographic Perspectives on Multilingual Life Stories
In any society, the capital and resources that are valued tend to be greatly shaped and influenced by that society’s ideology. People who possess more valuable capital are said to have more social power.
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Crossing the Borders of Four Countries: L2 Learning and Identity Negotiation Trajectories
Juyeon Yoo (The Ohio State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2022 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-3738-4.ch019
This autoethnographic study shares the author's journey as a multilingual speaker in South Korea, Singapore, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US) over a 15-year period. In each of these settings, she faced unique challenges and was afforded different allowances depending on her social power, which was mediated by her sociocultural background. These social dynamics also produced different patterns of identity negotiation depending on how she positioned herself and how others positioned her. The key findings suggest that language learning in an English as a second language (ESL) context is not only linked to linguistic challenges but also tied to ongoing identity negotiation. By sharing her autoethnographic critical reflections, she hopes to connect her personal accounts with larger social issues such as the marginalizing experiences that minoritized students may undergo. Ultimately, this chapter illustrates how she has developed as a multilingual language learner, academic student, and researcher, which she hopes will resonate with her fellow multilingual speakers.
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Circular Economy for India: Perspectives on Stewardship Principles, Waste Management, and Energy Generation
The degree of influence that an individual or organization has among their peers and within their society as a whole. The social power can be credited to the level of eminence or knowledge that they possess in a field.
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Understanding the Virtual Community of Gamers
An essential concept that describes the process of constructing human relationships and the dynamics of their social behaviors.
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