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Emotions and Identity: Migrant Students and Their Butterflies

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In mainstream sociological research, the inner world of social agents tends to be downplayed. In this paper, I argue however, that emotions play a crucial part in constituting identity construction. Drawing on Reay (2000, 2005), I will set out to discuss how ‘emotional capital’ as well as what I term ‘emotional deficit’ play out in the identity construction endeavours of nine migrant students from mainland China who study in a university in Hong Kong. I will briefly rehearse the theoretical roots from which stem my arguments of ‘emotional codes’ and ‘emotional code clash’; I will then expound my arguments with a range of empirical evidence drawn from an intensive stint of ethnographic exploration in HK between September 2013 and March 2014.

This talk is part of the Faculty of Education Research Students' Association (FERSA) Lunchtime Seminars 2014-2015 series.

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