24.260, Books: Identity, Agency and the Acquisition of Professional Language and Culture: Deters

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Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:26:53
From: Ellena Moriarty [Ellena.moriarty at bloomsbury.com]
Subject: Identity, Agency and the Acquisition of Professional Language and Culture: Deters

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Title: Identity, Agency and the Acquisition of Professional Language and
Culture 
Publication Year: 2012 
Publisher: Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)
	   http://www.continuumbooks.com
	

Book URL: http://bit.ly/V2r3o3 


Author: Ping Deters

Paperback: ISBN: 162356574X 9781623565749 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 27.99


Abstract:

With globalization and the ever-increasing migration of professionals, issues
related to learning an additional language and culture in professional
contexts are prominent in many contemporary societies. Drawing upon data from
an extensive research study of internationally educated professionals, this
book examines the affordances and constraints to successful professional
acculturation, and the relationships between identity, agency, and the
acquisition of professional language and culture.

The author provides a succinct review of socially informed theories of second
language acquisition, and presents a unique analysis of identity and agency
that incorporates the work of Erik Erikson and George Herbert Mead with
Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory and Lave and Wenger’s community of practice
framework. Given the pervasive problem of the underemployment of
internationally educated professionals in many contemporary
immigrant-receiving societies, this book makes a timely contribution that not
only advances scholarship but also has important practical and policy
implications.

‘This pathbreaking study opens up a world of insight into the struggles and
dilemmas of contemporary professionals, as they seek to make a contribution to
the societies they have embraced as new immigrants. Deters enables her readers
to enter into the inner world of identity, language and culture as well as the
outer world of active agency in face of difficult barriers, through vivid
narratives that portray the professional lives and achievements of five
immigrant teachers working at different levels and in different subject areas
in Ontario, Canada.' - Ruth Hayhoe, Professor, University of Toronto, Canada
 



Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                     Second Language Acquisition
                     Sociolinguistics


Written In: English  (eng)

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