LINGUIST List 13.1235

Fri May 3 2002

Books: Socioling: Invisible Work by Okita

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  1. paul, Invisible Work by Okita

Message 1: Invisible Work by Okita

Date: Thu, 02 May 2002 14:23:44 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Invisible Work by Okita

Title: Invisible Work
Subtitle: Bilingualism, language choice and childrearing in intermarried 
Series Title: IMPACT, Studies in Language and Society, 12
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
Book URL:
Author: Toshie Okita 

Hardback: ISBN: 90 272 1847 1, Pages: x, 275 pp., Price: EUR 85.00
Comment: Rest of World
Hardback: ISBN: 1 58811 106 7, Pages: x, 275 pp., Price: USD 77.00
Comment: U.S. and Canada
John Benjamins Publishing would like to announce the publication of
the following title in the field of Bilingualism: Invisible
Work: Bilingualism, language choice and childrearing in intermarried
families by Toshie Okita, University of Cambridge

There is growing recognition that "context" is important for bilingual
language development, but understanding of that context remains
underdeveloped. This innovative study, spanning the fields of
bilingualism, ethnicity and family studies, shows how language use in
intermarried families is deeply intertwined with the experience of
everyday childrearing, in specific socio-historical contexts. This is
why, despite good intentions, expert advice and effort,
bilingual-child rearing often encounters difficulties. Conversely,
drawing on in-depth interviews of twenty eight Japanese mother -
British father families in the UK, the study uses a focus on language
issues to portray actual childrearing dynamics and "situated
ethnicity" in intermarried families. Presenting a vivid picture of the
"invisible work" of mothers in these families, and how they attempt to
resolve conflicting pressures and demands over childrearing, language
and education, the author shows the importance of "recognition" and
shared responsibility. This book will interest researchers,
practitioners and parents interested in bilingualism, ethnically
diverse families and multicultural education.
Lingfield(s): Sociolinguistics 
Subject Language(s):English, Japanese 

Written In:English 

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