'You're becoming more and more English': Investigating Chinese siblings' cultural identities

Song, Miri (1997) 'You're becoming more and more English': Investigating Chinese siblings' cultural identities. New Community, 23 (3). pp. 343-362. ISSN 0047-9586. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In recent years, there has been a growing body of research on the cultural identities of the 'second generation' of ethnic minorities and of 'new ethnicities' in Britain. Much of this literature to date has explored the identities of ethnic minority youth in the context of inter-generational relations between parents and children, whereby conflict and 'culture gap' between the generations have been investigated. However, there has been very little study of how siblings' cultural identities within ethnic minority families may differ. The present study of young peoples' labour participation in Chinese families running take-away businesses revealed that siblings could be committed to 'helping-out' in the take-away to different degrees. These differences in 'helping out' were understood in terms of siblings' respective family reputations and cultural identities. This suggests the importance of looking beyond inter-generational negotiations of ethnic identity and cultural practices, and situating young peoples' identities in the context of sibling dynamics and relationships as well. Furthermore, the findings suggest that more attention should be paid to forms of economic activity, such as the performance of family labour, for the formation of cultural identities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Chinese community, cultural identity, UK
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2014 13:06 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 13:17 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37836 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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