A1 Journal article (refereed)
Homescape : Agentic space for transmigrant families multisensory discourse of identity (2021)

Boivin, N. (2021). Homescape : Agentic space for transmigrant families multisensory discourse of identity. Linguistic Landscape, 7(1), 37-59. https://doi.org/10.1075/ll.19019.boi

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Boivin, Nettie

Journal or series: Linguistic Landscape

ISSN: 2214-9953

eISSN: 2214-9961

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 24/07/2020

Volume: 7

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 37-59

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/ll.19019.boi

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This article presents the redefined concept of the homescape as space where transnational, newly arrived, and settled families can provide agency for their identity framing through multisensory discourse resources. The study investigated the experiential, non-interactional multisensory discourse resources in the homescape. The homescape extends from the Linguistic Landscape and houses temporal and spatial components, which occur over time. The yearlong ethnographic case study of three Nepalese families (two transmigrant Ghurkha families and one immigrant family) included 150 hours of observational data triangulated with qualitative interviews. The study posed two questions: How do transmigrant and transnational families find capacity for agency in the homescape? How do families use experiential multisensory discourse resources embedded in homescape to facilitate identity framing? Findings highlighted that experiential multisensory discourse resources are threads of identity in the home that have yet to be fully recognized as research evidence by ethnographers in the home context.

Keywords: migration (demography); transnationalism; family life; home; identity (mental objects); human agency; discourse; multisensory experience; ethnography

Free keywords: identity framing; agency; experiential; transmigrant; transnational; decolonialise; homescape; multisensory discourse resource; flows

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

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