Young Children as Intercultural Mediators Mandarin-speaking Chinese Families in Britain

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-06-27
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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This multidisciplinary approach to cultural mediation brings together insights from anthropology, sociology, linguistics and intercultural communication to offer a detailed depiction of family life in immigrant Chinese communities. Utilising a strongly contextualised and evidence-based narrative approach to exploring the nature of child cultural mediation, the author provides an insightful analysis of intercultural relationships between children and parents in immigrant families and of the informative aspects of their everyday lives. Furthermore, the family home setting offers the reader a glimpse of a personal territory that researchers often have great difficulty accessing. This ethnographic study will be of interest to students, researchers and professionals working in the areas of intercultural communication, childhood studies, family relations and migration studies.

Author Biography

Zhiyan Guo is Senior Teaching Fellow in the Language Center at the University of Warwick, UK. Her research interests include intercultural communication, language acquisition, and language teaching and technology.

Table of Contents

1. Migration and Acculturation
2. Understanding Childhood
3. Cultural Mediation
4. Child Mediators and Their Families
5. The Assimilative Level of Child Cultural Mediation
6. The Appropriative Level of Child Cultural Mediation
7. The Accommodative Level of Child Cultural Mediation
8. Demystifying Child Cultural Mediation
Appendix: Methodological Issues in Ethnographic Studies

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