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The Languages of Black Africans in England

Mitton, Lavinia (2011) The Languages of Black Africans in England. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 32 (2). pp. 151-172. ISSN 0725-6868. (doi:10.1080/07256868.2011.547174) (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) (KAR id:38473)

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The achievement of integration and a reduction in the social exclusion of ethnic minority communities in England are policy matters of major concern. This paper argues that policy-makers and service providers pursuing these aims need to understand the language support needs of minority ethnic groups at a fine level of detail: groupings such as 'Black' or even 'Black African' are of limited utility. Although much ethnicity research has tended to view Black Africans as a homogenous group, appreciation of their diverse language use is important because people from different parts of sub-Saharan Africa face different language barriers on arrival in the UK. This paper examines evidence available from large-scale survey data on the association between language and indicators often used to assess integration and social exclusion. The paper provides empirical statistical evidence on Black Africans living in England and languages in the form of tables and maps using data-sets not previously analysed for this purpose. These are (1) the Labour Force Survey (LFS); and (2) the National Pupil Database (NPD). The results show that Black Africans speak a very wide range of languages at home. Somalis are by far the least integrated and most socially excluded of the major language groups, followed by Ghanaians. Zimbabweans and Nigerians, on the other hand, face only slight language barriers. The paper concludes with some implications of the findings for policy-makers and service providers. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/07256868.2011.547174
Uncontrolled keywords: Assimilation, Black Africans, England, Integration, Language, Social exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2014 11:34 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 04:05 UTC
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