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Multisensory discourse resources : decolonizing ethnographic research practices (2020)

Boivin, N. (2020). Multisensory discourse resources : decolonizing ethnographic research practices. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2020.1841215

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All authors or editors: Boivin, Nettie

Journal or series: Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

ISSN: 0143-4632

eISSN: 1747-7557

Publication year: 2020

Publication date: 19/11/2020

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2020.1841215

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72810


Researchers have attempted to address the intersection of multisensory and multimodal discourse practices from an interactional perspective. This study argues for the value of experiential, non-interactional multisensory discourse resources and proposes a conceptual framework of multisensory discourse resources to bridge visual and family language ideology ethnography. A year-long ethnographic case study of three Nepalese families (immigrant and transmigrant), consisting of 150 h of observational data triangulated with qualitative interviews, posed two questions: (1) How do transnational families, in the homescape, use multisensory discourse resources to provide cultural, national, religious, and ethnic identity framing? (2) How can transnational migrant and multilingual family language researchers ethically collect and analyse multisensory discourse resources as qualitative data? The findings highlight experiential multisensory discourse resources as threads of identity in the home that have yet to be fully recognised as research evidence by family language ideology and visual ethnography researchers.

Keywords: ethnography; sociolinguistics; discourse research; methodology; multisensory experience; multimodality; postcolonialism; decolonisation; transnationalism

Free keywords: multisensory discourse; transnational; decolonising ethnography

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