Congolese Women Speak: Languaging, Translanguaging and Discursive Cross-culturing as Resources for Empowerment

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Abstract

This article presents a writing project undertaken by the author with a small group of French-speaking Congolese women asylum seekers in Manchester, UK. The women wrote stories and poems about their country of origin; a multilingual booklet of their writings was published; and the women did a public performance of their writings. The article studies the project through the prism of languaging (in particular the relationship of discursive interactions with the environment), translanguaging (the use of multiple languages), and discursive cross-culturing (cultural comparisons taking place during interactions). It is found that these three discursive processes served to enhance well-being and empowerment of the women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-222
Number of pages16
JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
Volume21
Issue number2
Early online date2 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Asylum seeker life writing
  • Congolese
  • discursive cross-culturing
  • empowerment
  • languaging
  • translanguaging

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