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dc.contributor.authorJaspal, Rusien
dc.contributor.authorCoyle, Adrianen
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-09T16:51:54Z
dc.date.available2013-01-09T16:51:54Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationJaspal, R. and Coyle, A. (2009) Language and perceptions of identity threat. Psychology and Society, 2 (2), pp.150-167.en
dc.identifier.issn2041-5893
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/8001
dc.descriptionThe file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.en
dc.description.abstractThis study explores how a group of British South Asians (BSA) understood, defined and evaluated languages associated with their ethnic and religious identities, focusing upon the role of language in the negotiation and construction of these identities and particularly upon strategies employed for coping with identity threat. Twelve BSA were interviewed using a semi-structured interview schedule. Transcripts were subjected to qualitative thematic analysis. Participants’ accounts were explored through the interpretive lens of identity process theory. Four superordinate themes are reported: “Maintaining a sense of distinctiveness through language use”, “Exclusion of others and personal claims of belonging”, “Deriving a sense of self-esteem from the knowledge of one’s threatening position” and “Two identities, two languages. Searching for psychological coherence”. While identity principles may be cross-culturally universal, coping strategies are fluid and dynamic. Individuals will act strategically to minimise identity threat. Some of the coping strategies manifested by participants are discussed.en
dc.description.urihttp://www.psychologyandsociety.org/__assets/__original/2009/11/Jaspal_Coyle.pdf
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectlanguageen
dc.subjectidentityen
dc.subjectthreaten
dc.titleLanguage and perceptions of identity threaten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.researchgroupPsychologyen
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.researchinstituteMedia Discourse Centre (MDC)en
dc.researchinstituteMary Seacole Research Centreen


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