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Durham University

School of Education

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Publication details for Ms Anna (Ania) Gruszczyńska

Gruszczyńska, Anna (2019). Maintenance and non-maintenance of community language in immigrant families: the case of Polish parents in the UK. Globalisation, Societies and Education 17(5): 574-592.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper examines Polish immigrant parents’ perceptions of their community language value, the factors that shape their approaches to children’s language education, and the different outcomes on the spectrum of language maintenance/non-maintenance they achieve. It focuses on the empirical findings and interprets them with reference to Bourdieu’s theory of practice. It argues that a better understanding of migrants’ diverse experiences can be aided by an analysis of capital interactions and transformations in response to the socio-cultural environment. At the same time, it suggests that the negative impact of anti-migration socio-political structures and discourses on language practices should not be assumed.