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Socio-cultural identity, communicative style, and their change over time: A case study of a group of German-Turkish girls in Mannheim/Germany

  • In this paper, I present some aspects of a youth group’s construction of a communicative style and show how the group’s stylistic repertoire changes over the course of their growing into adulthood. My paper is based on an ethnographic case study of a group of Turkish girls, the ‘Powergirls’, who grew up in a typical Turkish migrant neighborhood in the inner city of Mannheim, Germany. The aim of the case study was, on the basis of biographical interviews with group members and long-term observation of group interactions, to reconstruct the formation of an ethnically defined ‘ghetto’-clique and its style of communication and to describe the group’s development into educated, modern, German-Turkish young women. In this process, a change in the group’s stylistic repertoire could be observed.

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Author:Inken KeimGND
Parent Title (English):Style and Social Identities. Alternative Approaches to Linguistic Heterogeneity
Series (Serial Number):Language, Power and Social Process (18)
Publisher:de Gruyter
Place of publication:Berlin [u.a.]
Editor:Peter Auer
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2007
Date of Publication (online):2016/10/25
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Mannheim; Peer-Group; Soziale Identität; Sprachstil; Türkisch
First Page:155
Last Page:186
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International