Peripheral Ritualized Practices—Threads Connecting Decorations to the Cloak of Identity

Nettie Boivin

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This is an ethnographic study which investigates the practices of language maintenance and ethnic identity affiliation for immigrant/migrant Nepalese families with primary to middle school children in the United Kingdom. The study presents a comparative case study analysis of three Nepalese immigrant/migrant families. Participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and historical narrative interview were used. The study investigated prior exposure to home country, ethnic, cultural, and social literacy practices that occurred in various contexts during a nine-month period. This analysis revealed a phenomenon I termed peripheral ritualized practices. Exposure to peripheral ritualized practices over time creates positive changes in attitudes toward multilingualism and diversity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-63
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2015


  • Ethnic Identity
  • Intercultural Capital
  • Language Maintenance
  • Multiliteracies
  • Peripheral Ritualize Practices
  • Social Literacy Practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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