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Second Language Identities

by David (University of Lleida, Spain) Block

Part of the Bloomsbury Classics in Linguistics Series

Second Language Identities Synopsis

Second Language Identities 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 in poststructuralist thought and is associated with the work of authors such as Anthony Giddens, Zygmunt Bauman, Chris Weedon, Judith Butler and Stuart Hall. It then examines how in early SLA research focussing on affective variables, identity was an issue, lurking in the wings but not coming to the surface. Moving to the present, the book then examines in detail and critiques recent research focussing on identity in three distinct second language learning contexts. These contexts are: (1) adult migration, (2) foreign language classrooms and (3) study abroad programmes. The book concludes with suggestions for future research focussing on identity in second language learning.

Second Language Identities Press Reviews

'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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847065711
Publication date: 2nd October 2008
Author: David (University of Lleida, Spain) Block
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Language acquisition, Sociolinguistics,

About David (University of Lleida, Spain) Block

David Block is Senior Lecturer in Languages at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

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