Pushing Boundaries: Language and Culture in a Mexicano Community

Pushing Boundaries: Language and Culture in a Mexicano Community

by Olga A. Vasquez, Lucinda Pease-Alvarez, Sheila M. Shannon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521419352

ISBN-13: 9780521419352

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Mexicano communities are some of the oldest, most widespread immigrant communities in the history of the United States. Their resilient nature and their increasing number create an important contemporary case for understanding the relationship between language socialization and bilingualism. The description of Eastside, a Mexicano community in northern California,…  See more details below

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Mexicano communities are some of the oldest, most widespread immigrant communities in the history of the United States. Their resilient nature and their increasing number create an important contemporary case for understanding the relationship between language socialization and bilingualism. The description of Eastside, a Mexicano community in northern California, provides a window into the rich and complex sociolinguistic milieu of such communities. Pushing Boundaries is a fascinating account that considers language, learning and socialization in the context of real, problematic, and important activities in people's lives. The authors describe ways in which bilingual children and their families actively and innovatively use the linguistic and cultural resources available to them. We learn that Mexicano parents are responsible and deliberate participants in their children's language socialization; that bilingual school-age children rely on knowledge sources that extend well beyond their immediate neighborhoods; and that children using their skills as cultural and linguistic brokers are an invaluable resource for their families. Educators, psychologists, public policy advocates, as well as scholars of sociolinguistics and urban studies will find the descriptions of the bilingual child of Eastside insightful and useful.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521419352
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction1
Eastside: A Mexicano Community19
Home and School Contexts for Lancuage Learning46
Bilingual Children Crossing Cultural Borders80
Negotiating Culture and Language in the Home110
Moving Toward a Recognition Perspective142
Meeting the Challenges of Diversity181
Notes197
References203
Index215

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