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“Where are you from?” Adolescent formulations of place identity

Donna Starks / Kerry Taylor-Leech
Published Online: 2018-04-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/applirev-2017-0043

Abstract

In globalized times, high mobility has complicated the meanings of allegiance to place, creating a need for a critical awareness of place identity. Although place identity has made important contributions to the social sciences, there is little empirical research on how it can be operationalized, or critically interrogated. In response to this need, we analyzed ways that Australian secondary school students responded to the question, “If someone asks you ‘Where are you from?’ how do you answer this question and why?”, and created a basic typology of place formulations to serve as a starting point for interpreting notions of place identity in research, professional and educational settings.

Keywords: place; place identity; high school students; Proshansky; place formulations; language and identity

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Published Online: 2018-04-17


This research study was initially funded by a La Trobe University Faculty Start-Up Grant. The Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (2010_000611) and the Queensland Department of Education and Training (550/27/948) as well as the relevant school principals granted us approval to distribute the questionnaire in schools.


Citation Information: Applied Linguistics Review, ISSN (Online) 1868-6311, ISSN (Print) 1868-6303, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/applirev-2017-0043.

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