'This book is an important contribution to the study of transnational migrants...Most importantly, it raises provocative questions about the nature and functioning of multilingual societies and identities and illustrates the usefulness of life stories as a way of investigating new migrant communities...offers a beautiful tribute to the author's new adopted city and an engaging, informative, and thought-provoking study that will be of interest to a variety of readers interested in migration, globalization, multilingualism, and identity construction.' - Discourse & Communication
Multilingual Identities in a Global City: London Stories is an in-depth study of the linguistic, national, ethnic, social class and gendered identities of individuals living in London at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The book begins with a thorough discussion of key concepts such as globalization, migration, multiculturalism, identity, the global city and the history of migration to Britain and London. Through a detailed examination of four diverse groups - Japanese graduate students, French foreign-language teachers, Spanish-speaking Latinos and second generation British Asian university students - it explores the ambivalent and multi-layered identities of individuals who have crossed geographical and psychological borders during the course of their lifetimes.