[lg policy] book notice: Identity, Agency and the Acquisition of Professional Language and Culture

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 16 16:04:21 UTC 2013

 Identity, Agency and the Acquisition of Professional Language and Culture
Published: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)

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

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

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,

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Second Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng)

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