Language, power and identity in bilingual childrearing

Jackson, Lachlan (2009) Language, power and identity in bilingual childrearing. Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, 3 2: 58-71.


Author Jackson, Lachlan
Title Language, power and identity in bilingual childrearing
Journal name Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
ISSN 1833-878X
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 58
End page 71
Total pages 14
Editor Martinez, Matthew (Guest Editor)
Washington, Julie
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher Crossroads
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
200202 Asian Cultural Studies
Abstract It is commonly supposed that in families of linguistically intermarried couples communication is conducted in both parent’s respective native languages, resulting in the children naturally and spontaneously developing bilingual proficiency. Despite this assumption, such children do not always pick up the two target languages nearly as effortlessly as is often imagined, and bilingual childrearing has been shown to be a labour intensive and emotionally demanding pursuit. In instances where the bilingual development of children proves disappointing, parents frequently are portrayed as unable or unwilling to follow commonsense advice regarding how to raise their children in two or more languages. Why is this so? This paper posits that parental language choice in bilingual childrearing is shaped by discursively constructed identities and relationships of power between such couples. By incorporating questionnaire, logbook, and in-depth interview data, a single case study is presented. For linguisitically intermarried couples, bilingual childrearing is shown to be a much more intricate and politicized practice than is commonly assumed.
Keyword Japanese
bilingual childrearing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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