Language And Education In Japan: Unequal Access to Bilingualism

Hardcover | March 15, 2008

byYasuko Kanno

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Language and Education in Japan offers the first critical ethnography of bilingual education in Japan. Based on two-year fieldwork at five different schools, the book examines the role of schools in the unequal distribution of bilingualism as cultural capital. It argues that bilingual children of different socioeconomic classes are socialized into different futures and are given unequal access to bilingualism through schooling. While bilingualism is considered desirable for children of privilege, it is deemed a luxury that immigrant and refugee children cannot afford.

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Language and Education in Japan offers the first critical ethnography of bilingual education in Japan. Based on two-year fieldwork at five different schools, the book examines the role of schools in the unequal distribution of bilingualism as cultural capital. It argues that bilingual children of different socioeconomic classes are soc...

YASUKO KANNO is Assistant Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics in the Department of English of the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Her research interests include bilingual education, multilingual and multicultural identities, and sociocultural experiences of language minority students. She is author of Negotiating Bilingual ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.63 × 5.67 × 0.72 inPublished:March 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230506941

ISBN - 13:9780230506947

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Framing the Study * Nichiei Immersion School * Zhonghua Chinese Ethnic School * Hal International School * Sugino Elementary School * Midori Elementary School * Imagined Communities and School Policies and Practices * Student Bilingualism and Identities * Conclusions: Unequal Access to Bilingualism * Index