Language and Literacy in Refugee Families

  • Chatwara Suwannamai Duran

Part of the Language and Globalization book series (LAGL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Chatwara Suwannamai Duran
    Pages 1-38
  3. Chatwara Suwannamai Duran
    Pages 67-106
  4. Chatwara Suwannamai Duran
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  5. Chatwara Suwannamai Duran
    Pages 165-193
  6. Chatwara Suwannamai Duran
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  7. Chatwara Suwannamai Duran
    Pages 205-216
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 217-226

About this book


This book examines the agreements and discrepancies between public understanding and assumptions about refugees, and the actual beliefs and practices among the refugees themselves in a time of increasing mobility fuelled by what many call 'refugee crisis’. With a  focus on language and literacy practices among recently-arrived Karenni refugee families in the United States, this book explores the multilingual repertoires and accumulated literacies acquired through the course of the refugees' multiple movements. Through the lens of transnationalism, the author emphasizes that despite their numerous struggles, the refugees daily and diligently use and strategize their old, emerging, and evolving linguistic and literacy resources to make the best of their resettlement. This book will shed light on the language and literacy practices among transnational and diasporic communities, minoritized or marginalized groups for researchers in these fields as well as practitioners and resettlement agencies working with refugee populations.


Refugee Crisis Karenni People Diasporic Communities Minority Languages Language Policy Transnationalism applied linguistics essay globalization India international relations linguistics literacy migration nation politics social science sociolinguistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Chatwara Suwannamai Duran
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Houston HoustonUSA

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