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Mixed family life in the UK : an ethnographic study of Japanese-British families

Author: M Nakamura Lopez
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
Series: Palgrave Macmillan studies in family and intimate life.
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This book offers a nuanced picture of mixed family life in the UK. Specifically, the book explores how parents from different backgrounds create a place of belonging for their children, while also negotiating difference and attempting to transmit various aspects of their cultures, including religion, hobbies, language and food to their mixed children. Based on data collected from 26 months of fieldwork, the author  Read more...
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Lopez, M. Nakamura.
Mixed family life in the UK.
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
(DLC) 2017943474
(OCoLC)1004427641
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M Nakamura Lopez
ISBN: 9783319577562 3319577565
OCLC Number: 1003192545
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Doing family : exploring everyday lived culture --
Bilingualism : a gift or a burden? --
Food choices in mixed families --
Kin : intergenerational translational relationships --
Forming a mixed family culture : in search of home and friends. Acknowledgements; Contents; 1 Introduction; On Living Mixedness; Mixedness Scholarship; "First Wave"; "Second Wave"; Mixedness Scholarship: Continuing to Develop; Background and Context; Japanese in Britain; Japanese Women; Mixed Unions; Mixed Offspring; British Story; Japanese Story; Global Mixedness; Terminology; Methodology; Sample; Research Sites; Edinburgh, UK; Data Collection; Research Access; The Road to the 12 Families; Playgroup Participant Observation; Recruitment; Observations; Playgroup Observations; Events Observations; Home Observations; Interviews; Interviewees Interview LocationsInterview Structure; Languages Used in Interviews; Ethics; Children; Anonymity; Organisation of the Book; Conclusions; References; 2 Doing Family: Exploring Everyday Lived Culture; Overview; The Home; Home Décor; Contributions from Men; Exploring Children's Spaces; Religion; Christianity, Buddhism or "No Religion"; Negotiating Religions; Leisure; Television; Programming Choices for Older Children; Programming Choices for Younger Viewers; Enrichment Activities; Rituals; Holidays; Public Celebrations; Conclusions; References; 3 Bilingualism: A Gift or a Burden?; Bilingualism Heritage Language SpeakersLanguages and Families; Learning a Language; Two Languages; Young and Ambitious; Communication Challenges; Bilingualism: Fantasy Versus Reality; External Support; A Labour of Whose Love?; Bilingualism: An Uphill Battle; Conclusions; References; 4 Food Choices in Mixed Families; Overview; Reading About Eating; Marriage and Food; Mothers and Food; Children and Food; Migration and Food; Children's Evolving Food Preferences; The Horizontal Transmission of Food; Japanese Foods Abroad; Beyond Food; Where to Eat?; Negotiating Foodwork Responsibilities Eating with the RelativesConclusions; References; 5 Kin: Intergenerational Transnational Relationships; Overview; All About Family; In-Laws; Kin; Migration; Transnational Families; Family: As Self; Revisiting the Family of Origin; Family: As a Couple; In-Law Relationships; Women and in-Laws; Men and in-Laws; Family: With Children; "What Are They?"; Support and Maintenance; Maintaining Contact; Visits to Japan; Sharing Cultures; What to Pass on?; Conclusions; References; 6 Forming a Mixed Family Culture: In Search of Home and Friends; Overview; Migrating in Search of "Home" Marriage and MigrationSearching for a Community of Friends; Women's Social Networks; Men's Social Networks; The Mixed Family's Social Networks; Finding "Home"; Reasons Behind Migration; Migration Experiences; There's no Place like Home; Finding Friends in Their New Home; The Mother's Social Network; The Father's Social Network; Children's Friends; Family Friends; Conclusions; References; 7 Conclusions; Concluding Thoughts; Contributions from the Study; Reflections from the Field; Limitations; Further Research; Final Words; References; Glossary; Index
Series Title: Palgrave Macmillan studies in family and intimate life.
Responsibility: M. Nakamura Lopez.

Abstract:

This book offers a nuanced picture of mixed family life in the UK. Specifically, the book explores how parents from different backgrounds create a place of belonging for their children, while also negotiating difference and attempting to transmit various aspects of their cultures, including religion, hobbies, language and food to their mixed children. Based on data collected from 26 months of fieldwork, the author concludes that the intergenerational transmission of culture, instead of being tied to the idea of "national culture", is actually more organic and fluid, allowing individuals to share their "cultures", from traditions and customs to preferences and habits, with the next generation. As mixedness increasingly becomes the norm in our global society, the book will be of interest to students and scholars of race, ethnicity and family studies, as well as social workers, school teachers, counsellors, and parents and kin of mixed children.

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