English in the construction of identities and cultures

Research on English in the construction of identities

Culture and identity

English is a rich source of terminology in many subcultures and leisure activities. However, the use of English may also have more complex meanings. Its use instead of, alongside or mixed with Finnish may also be an expression of identity, an indication of shared culture and a way to create a sense of community.

We have examined the uses and functions of English in different subcultures and social communities such as skateboarding, football and fan communities, where English often has a role in the negotiation of expertise and group membership.

Studies on English and identity and cultures: