Subtractive schooling and identity: a case study of ethnic minority students in Vietnam

Nguyen, Trang Thi Thuy and Hamid, M. Obaidul (2017) Subtractive schooling and identity: a case study of ethnic minority students in Vietnam. Journal of Language Identity and Education, 1-15. doi:10.1080/15348458.2017.1286990

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Author Nguyen, Trang Thi Thuy
Hamid, M. Obaidul
Title Subtractive schooling and identity: a case study of ethnic minority students in Vietnam
Journal name Journal of Language Identity and Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1534-8458
1532-7701
Publication date 2017-04-10
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/15348458.2017.1286990
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 16
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract This article examines the impact of subtractive schooling, including language use in education, on the identity of a group of ethnic minority students in Central Highlands of Vietnam. Drawing on semistructured interview data, a deeper look is taken into the ways in which these students identify themselves with their languages, cultures, and social relations. Findings reveal that the subtractive power of the school language and the institutional milieu profoundly influenced their identity construction by creating the conditions for (a) the devaluation of their language and cultural identity as a consequence of the invasion of their sociocultural territory by the dominant language and culture and (b) the segregation and disunity that affected their identity construction through social relations. Although subtractive schooling apparently facilitated students’ integration into the mainstream, its invisible power forced them not only to integrate but also to bear the full burden of constructing new identities to adjust to the school environment and the mainstream society.
Keyword Bilingualism
Ethnicity
Identity
Minority
Subtractive schooling
Vietnam
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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