Dr Shivonne Gates will be discussing her recent ethnographic project and the interface between academic and professional research
Dr Gates will discuss findings from a 12-month ethnographic study, which explored peer relationships, ethnic identity, and linguistic practices in a multicultural secondary school in East London. Previous work on adolescent language has suggested that ethnic identity was not a significant predictor of linguistic variation (e.g. Cheshire et al. 2011). The present study challenges these findings and illuminates the importance of shared intersectional identities in
the social and linguistic practices of adolescents.
The second part of the talk goes on to demonstrate how academic research can be a useful path into applied social research. Dr Gates will discuss the range of academic research skills used in her role as a Senior Researcher at NatCen Social Research and showcase some of the research conducted in her department, the Children and Families team.
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