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Sun Oct 31 2010

Books: Applied Ling/Lang Acquisition/Socioling: Bigelow

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        1.     Katherine Ward , Mogadishu on the Mississippi: Bigelow

Message 1: Mogadishu on the Mississippi: Bigelow
Date: 27-Oct-2010
From: Katherine Ward <>
Subject: Mogadishu on the Mississippi: Bigelow
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Title: Mogadishu on the Mississippi Subtitle: Language, Racialized Identity, and Education in a New Land Series Title: The Language Learning Monograph Series Published: 2010 Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Author: Martha Bigelow Paperback: ISBN: 1444338749 9781444338744 Pages: 300 Price: U.S. $ 39.95

In Mogadishu on the Mississippi, Martha Bigelow brings together five yearsof interdisciplinary research within the Somali community in Minnesota.The community is a little-studied population in Minnesota, which is Somali,Muslim, refugee, and under-schooled. In the book, she investigates thelanguage learning, multiple literacy development, and schooling andcommunity experiences of the community and draws upon theories from thefields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, education, andsociology.

Bigelow's research uses a range of epistemological frames to explorecentral and contemporary problems that tie language learning to racialized,religious, and gendered identities. It also examines the broaderexperiences of minoritized and under-schooled youth in high school andtheir integration into the dominant society.

In this illuminating study, Bigelow offers scholars in applied linguisticsan argument for the centrality of sociopolitical contexts in languagelearning and for the integration of advocacy and research.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword.


1. Engaged Scholarship in the Somali Communities of Minnesota.

2. Orality and Literacy within the Somali Diaspora.

3. Multilingualism and Multiliteracy among Somali Adolescent Girls.

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

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