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Normalization of English and Identity Construction of Refugee Background Youth from Burma/Myanmar in US Schools

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>7/05/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>Anthropology and Education Quarterly
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date7/05/22
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This paper is based on the ethnographic multiple case study of four refugee background youths from Burma at four different schools in a midwestern urban school district in the US. My research finds that the normalization of English constructed the focal youths' language-related identities. I also argue that through this normalization, language difference between school and home became a difference that marginalized the focal youth in their class and racialized their subjectivity.