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Articulations Of Identity Within High School Cliques: Language Choices In Boyat And Emo Filipino Youth Groups

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dc.contributor.author Almubayei, Dalal Saleh en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-19T19:54:31Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-19T19:54:31Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07-19
dc.date.submitted January 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-10583 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/4871
dc.description.abstract This dissertation adds to work exploring where language stands in the shaping of adolescent speakers' social identities, since identities emerge through discursive and social practices, and social selves are produced through interaction (Bucholtz 1999), but much of the literature studying the role of language in defining the adolescent's identity is insufficient (Fortman 2003). This study is based on data from five months of fieldwork in 2008-2009 with two distinct and stigmatized high school cliques in Kuwait. The first clique is well known for its Arabish name boyat 'lesbian tomboys'. The second clique is a combination of Emo subculture and Filipino ethnicity. The study adopts a "mixed methods approach", which employed qualitative and quantitative measures. Qualitatively, the study is situated within an ethnographic framework that used observation, interviews, and student journal writing to emphasize the impact of language in shaping identity. Quantitatively, the work included data collected from surveys of 672 high school students, Arabic newspaper reports on the cliques, and a concordance analysis of the lexical items used by teens in their blogs. Attitudes towards members of the boyat group reflected either disgust or admiration. Attitudes expressed toward the Emo group stimulated only prejudice. The experience with ethnographic fieldwork suggested that in the lives of the student cliques, the language behaviors of others (e.g., members from three social institutions: family, friends, and school) can be more powerful than the behaviors of the young speakers concerned. These behaviors are not merely signaling factors of youth group membership, but leading factors towards social identity construction. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Stvan, Laurel en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Linguistics en_US
dc.title Articulations Of Identity Within High School Cliques: Language Choices In Boyat And Emo Filipino Youth Groups en_US
dc.type Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Stvan, Laurel en_US
dc.degree.department Linguistics en_US
dc.degree.discipline Linguistics en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level doctoral en_US
dc.degree.name Ph.D. en_US
dc.identifier.externalLink https://www.uta.edu/ra/real/editprofile.php?onlyview=1&pid=1558
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