Multiliteracies of Transnational and Immigrant Pre-teens: Meditating Intercultural Meaning

Nettie Boivin

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With the increase in cultural and economic globalization and technological advancements, the very nature of communication has become more fluid. As a result, communication practices move past defining socio-cultural identity to become intercultural capital from which a more constructive bi-cultural identity can emerge. This study compares immigrant and transnational migrant multiliteracies at the transitional age of pre-adolescence, comparing both global and socio-cultural types. The study utilised ethnographic collective case study observation of three Nepalese families in the United Kingdom. The year-long study comparatively investigated; what types of multiliteracies do immigrant and transnational pre-teens participate in? And do these multiliteracies better enable constructive identity through intercultural capital? The research utilised 150 hours of ethnographic observation, meta-historical narratives and semi-structured interviews with three case study families who were transnational Gorkha and immigrant Nepalese in the U.K. Moreover, the study newly categorized three types of multiliteracies relevant to both transnational and immigrant pre-teens: those that are transnational, global cultural and peripheral ritualised multiliteracies. Findings from this article revealed that while pre-adolescences transnationals participated in transnational cultural and globalized multiliteracies, immigrant pre-teens partook predominately in globalized multiliteracies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-486
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication Research
Issue number6
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Sep 1 2016


  • Intercultural capital
  • Nepalese immigrants
  • immigrant teens
  • intercultural meaning
  • multiliteracy
  • pre-adolescences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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