Publication details [#58510]

Budach, Gabriele. 2014. Educational trajectories at the crossroads: The making and unmaking of multilingual communities of learners. Multilingua 33 (5,6) : 525–549.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


Drawing on former ethnographic inquiry in a primary bilingual German-Italian Two-Way-Immersion classroom, this paper discusses how in the passage from primary to secondary education, multilingualism as educational resource experiences a meaning change from capital for social inclusion (allowing the rise of a spatio-temporally restricted bilingual community of practice (Budach 2009)), to capital for social mobility and individual difference, which subverts the terms for a shared multilingual aspiration. It is shown how multilingual learners deal with with this educational and societal constraint.