The interplay of acculturation attitudes, cultural beliefs and educational values in negotiating my identity as an Indo-Australian academic

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Abstract

One of the key debates within acculturation theory is to clearly demarcate the differences between integration and assimilation. These concepts are central to understanding acculturation and the ways of finding one’s identity amid getting accustomed to new cultural and social norms through migration experiences. In this chapter, I explore my own experiences with acculturation, cultural beliefs and educational values in negotiating my identity as an Indo-Australian transnational woman and an academic. I first borrow on Berry’s (1997) theoretical concepts on acculturation, thereby highlighting the need to understand migration experiences of transnational women academics such as myself, since my move to Australia from India in 2005. Using auto-ethnography, I critically review my push-pull experiences in negotiating my emerging identity as an Australian teacher educator and academic. This chapter concludes by opening an ongoing conversation with educational policy practitioners in addressing the need to offer more integrated opportunities and space to immigrant women for sharing of their educational experiences, acculturation processes and negotiation of identities as informed by their personal lives and professional careers in host countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAsian Women, Identity and Migration
Subtitle of host publicationExperiences of Transnational Women of Indian Origin/Heritage
EditorsNish Belford, Reshmi Lahiri-Roy
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter4
Pages56-67
Number of pages12
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781003083085
ISBN (Print)9780367516819
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Asian Diasporas, Migrations and Mobilities
PublisherRoutledge

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