Second Language Identities - Bloomsbury Classics in Linguistics (Hardback)
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Second Language Identities - Bloomsbury Classics in Linguistics (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 06/01/2007
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This book examines how identity is an issue in different second-language-learning contexts. It begins with a detailed presentation of what has become a popular approach to identity in the social sciences (including applied linguistics) today, one that is inspired by poststructuralist thought and is associated with the work of authors such as Antony Giddens, Zygmunt Bauman, Chris Weedon, Judith Butler and Stuart Hall. It then examines how in early SLA research, identity was an issue lurking in the wings, but not coming to the centre stage. Moving to the present, the book details recent research focusing on identity in three distinct language-learning contexts: adult migration; foreign-language classrooms; and study-abroad programmes. The book concludes with a critique of current research focusing on identity in language learning, offering suggestions for future research. David Block is Senior Lecturer in Languages at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826474063
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 514 g
Dimensions: 156 x 234 x 14 mm


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"Second Language Identities is a remarkable book that traces research interest in second language identities from the 1960's to the present. Drawing on a wide range of social science theory, David Block brings an insightful analysis to seminal studies of adult migrants, foreign language learners, and study abroad students. A timely work that makes an outstanding contribution to a burgeoning field of inquiry."
Bonny Norton, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, University of British Columbia, Canada.

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