This state-of-the-art exploration of language, culture, and identity is orchestrated through prominent scholars' and teachers' narratives, each weaving together three elements: a personal account based on one or more memorable or critical incidents that occurred in the course of learning or using a second or foreign language; an interpretation of the incidents highlighting their impact in terms of culture, identity, and language; the connections between the experiences and observations of the author and existing literature on language, culture and identity.
What makes this book stand out is the way in which authors meld traditional 'academic' approaches to inquiry with their own personalized voices. This opens a window on different ways of viewing and doing research in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. What gives the book its power is the compelling nature of the narratives themselves. Telling stories is a fundamental way of representing and making sense of the human condition. These stories unpack, in an accessible but rigorous fashion, complex socio-cultural constructs of culture, identity, the self and other, and reflexivity, and offer a way into these constructs for teachers, teachers in preparation and neophyte researchers. Contributors from around the world give the book broad and international appeal.
Language, culture and identity: framing the issues / David Nunan & Julie Choi -- Coat hangers, cowboys, and communication strategies: seeking an identity as a proficient foreign language learner / Kathleen M. Bailey -- Speaking Romance-esque / David Block -- Collaborating on community, sharing experience, troubling the symbolic / Michael Brennan -- Achieving community / Suresh Canagarajah -- Another drink in Subanun / Mark Cherry -- Nonghao, I am a Shanhai Noenoe: how do I claim my Shanghaineseness? / Alice Chik -- Living on the hyphen / Julie Choi -- Negotiating multiple language identities / Mary Ann Christison -- Minna no Nihongo? nai! / Martha Clark Cummings -- Elaborating the monolingual deficit / Julian Edge -- The foreign-ness of native speaking teachers of colour / Eljee Javier -- Otra estaci??on, a first Spanish lesson / Rod Ellis -- Bewitched: a microethnography of the culture of magick in Old Salem / Bud Goodall -- Am I that name? / Stacy Holman-Jones -- English and me: my language learning journey / Angel Lin -- Adaptive cultural transformation: quest for dual social identities / Jun Liu -- On this writing: an autotheoretic account / Allen Luke -- The festival incident / Michael McCarthy -- Changing cultures in Japanese-English bicultural names : from parents to children / Steve Marshall and Tim Mossman -- Berlin Babylon / Stephen Muecke -- Changing stripes : chameleon or tiger? / Denise E. Murray -- Vanishing acts / Cynthia D. Nelson -- Dog rice and cultural dissonance / David Nunan -- Where am I from? : performative and metro perspectives of origin / Emi Otsuji -- Sweating cheese and thinking otherwise / Alastair Pennycook -- Multilingual couple talk : romance, identity/ Kimie Takahashi -- Transforming identities in and through narrative / Sumiko Taniguchi -- A short course in globalese / Nury Vittachi.
Published: 12th March 2010