LINGUIST List 19.1973

Sat Jun 21 2008

Books: Applied Linguistics/Sociolinguistics: Kanno

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        1.    Shereen Muhyeddeen, Language and Education in Japan: Kanno

Message 1: Language and Education in Japan: Kanno
Date: 17-Jun-2008
From: Shereen Muhyeddeen <>
Subject: Language and Education in Japan: Kanno
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Title: Language and Education in Japan Subtitle: Unequal Access to Bilingualism Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities Published: 2008 Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Author: Yasuko Kanno Hardback: ISBN: 9780230506947 Pages: 224 Price: U.K. £ 45.00

In this first critical ethnography of bilingual education in Japan, YasukoKanno examines the relationship between school education and inequality ofaccess to bilingualism. She provides detailed and vivid accounts of thelived experiences of teachers, students and parents at five schools inJapan: an immersion school, a Chinese ethnic school, an internationalschool, and two state/'public' schools. Drawing on the concept of imaginedcommunities, Yasuko Kanno argues that schools provide unequal access tobilingualism by envisioning different imagined communities for students ofdifferent socioeconomic classes and socializing them into these stratifiedimagined communities. While additive bilingualism in two sociallyprestigious languages is aggressively promoted for upper-middle-classstudents, immigrant and refugee children are subtly coerced into replacingtheir first language with society's dominant language.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics                             Sociolinguistics
Written In: English (eng )

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