Acculturation and education in the speech of second generation immigrants, who come from Eastern Europe and live in Alexandroupolis (Bachelor thesis)

Δαρδαβούνη, Μαρία/ Dardavouni, Maria

The field of acculturation of second-generation immigrants has been investigated in recent years by various disciplines, including social psychology. Berry (1997), who led the way in understanding the acculturation, describe it as a two-dimensional and interactive process that involves both immigrants and the host society. For the purposes of this study, twelve semi-structured interviews were conducted. Immigrants and Pontiac returnees from Eastern European countries were asked about their views on issues such as their native language and prejudice from the host country's society. Using discourse analysis, the rhetorical constructions of the participants were examined, and a plethora of interpretive repertoires were identified, along with ideological dilemmas, extreme formulations, and expressions of facticity. Regarding their native language, it was observed that the majority of participants avoided culturally linking their language to their country of origin, but instead presented it mainly as a utility tool. At the same time, when the conversation turned to the issue of prejudice, there was a tendency to avoid criticizing or diminishing the importance and seriousness of these events, through various rhetorical constructions, without completely concealing them. Examining the acculturation strategies of the interviewees, as defined by Berry (1997), the criticism exercised by Chirkov (2009) and Figgou et al. (2019) was confirmed. It was observed, therefore, that immigrants present in their discourse a combination of strategies or alternate them, depending on the context and what they seek to express each time.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Τμήμα Επιστημών της Εκπαίδευσης στην Προσχολική Ηλικία
Subject classification: Social psychology--Cross-cultural studies
Keywords: Επιπολιτισμοποίηση,Στρατηγικές επιπολιτισμοποίησης,Παλιννοστούντες,Μετανάστες χωρών ανατολικής Ευρώπης,Ανάλυση λόγου,Acculturation,Acculturation strategies,Returnees,Immigrants from eastern European countries,Discourse analysis

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