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Title: Media and receiving country’ language: the integration of Nepalese immigrants in Portugal
Authors: Branco, Inês 
Keywords: Nepalese diaspora, immigration, media, language, identity, integration
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Serial title, monograph or event: Diaspora and Media in Europe. Migration, Identity, and Integration
Volume: 1
Abstract: This chapter focuses on Nepalese immigrant community living in Portugal and on how immigrants use different media – from receiving country, homeland and global sources – to preserve the links with the home country in the process of integration into the new society. The study also analyses how the media (mainstream) of the country of settlement are used to learn its language (Portuguese). Theoretically, the research is based on the model of uses and gratifications of media (Katz & Blumler, 1974), on Berry’s model of acculturation strategies (Berry, 2001) and on Bourdieu’s theory of power and practice (Bourdieu, 1991), specifically in what concerns language as symbolic power. The methodology relied on 17 questionnaires and eight in-depth interviews. The results of the study show the importance that media have at different periods of immigrant s’ lives, depending on the level of integration into the receiving society. In forming a new identity where values and customs of different cultures mix together, in adjusting to a new place of living and in maintaining connections to familial and cultural past, immigrants find in media tools that help them overcome some of the key barriers inherent to the migration process, in particular, the learning of the new country’s language.
ISBN: eBook ISBN 978-3-319-65448-5
Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-65447-8
Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-88032-7
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FLUC Secção de Português - Livros e Capítulos de Livros

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