LINGUIST List 15.1443

Thu May 6 2004

Books: Sociolinguistics: Kanno

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  1. Susan.Barker, Negotiating Bilingual and Bicultural Identities: Kanno

Message 1: Negotiating Bilingual and Bicultural Identities: Kanno

Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 10:18:54 -0400 (EDT)
From: Susan.Barker <>
Subject: Negotiating Bilingual and Bicultural Identities: Kanno

Title: Negotiating Bilingual and Bicultural Identities
Subtitle: Japanese Returnees Betwixt Two Worlds
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher:	Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Author: Yasuko Kanno, University of Washington 

Hardback: ISBN: 0805841539, Pages: 200, Price: U.S. $: 45.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0805841547, Pages: 200, Price: U.S. $: 18.50

This book examines the changing linguistic and cultural identities of
bilingual students through the narratives of four Japanese returnees
(kikokushijo) as they spent their adolescent years in North America
and then returned to Japan to attend university.

As adolescents, these students were polarized toward one language and
culture over the other, but through a period of difficult readjustment
in Japan they became increasingly more sophisticated in negotiating
their identities and more appreciative of their hybrid selves. Kanno
analyzes how educational institutions both in their host and home
countries, societal recognition or devaluation of bilingualism, and
the students' own maturation contributed to shaping and transforming
their identities over time. Using narrative inquiry and communities of
practice as a theoretical framework, she argues that it is possible
for bilingual individuals to learn to strike a balance between two
languages and cultures.

Negotiating Bilingual and Bicultural Identities: Japanese Returnees
Betwixt Two Worlds:

*is a longitudinal study of bilingual and bicultural
identities--unlike most studies of bilingual learners, this book
follows the same bilingual youths from adolescence to young adulthood;

*documents student perspectives--redressing the neglect of student
voice in much educational research, and offering educators an
understanding of what the experience of learning English and becoming
bilingual and bicultural looks like from the students' point of view;

*contributes to the study of language, culture, and identity by
demonstrating that for bilingual individuals, identity is not a simple
choice of one language and culture but an ongoing balancing act of
multiple languages and cultures.

This book will interest researchers, educators, and graduate students
who are concerned with the education and personal growth of bilingual
learners, and will be useful as text for courses in ESL/bilingual
education, TESOL, applied linguistics, and multicultural education.

Lingfield(s):	Language Acquisition
		Second Language
Subject Language(s):	English (Language Code: ENG)
			Japanese (Language Code: JPN)

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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