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Racialized Identities in Second Language Learning
Speaking Blackness in Brazil

ISBN 9780367197469
Published August 16, 2021 by Routledge
264 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Racialized Identities in Second Language Learning: Speaking Blackness in Brazil provides a critical overview and original sociolinguistic analysis of the African American experience in second language learning. More broadly, this book introduces the idea of second language learning as "transformative socialization": how learners, instructors, and their communities shape new communicative selves as they collaboratively construct and negotiate race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and social class identities. Uju Anya’s study follows African American college students learning Portuguese in Afro-Brazilian communities, and their journeys in learning to do and speak blackness in Brazil. Video-recorded interactions, student journals, interviews, and writing assignments show how multiple intersecting identities are enacted and challenged in second language learning. Thematic, critical, and conversation analyses describe ways black Americans learn to speak their material, ideological, and symbolic selves in Portuguese and how linguistic action reproduces or resists power and inequity. The book addresses key questions on how learners can authentically and effectively participate in classrooms and target language communities to show that black students' racialized identities and investments in these communities greatly influence their success in second language learning and how successful others perceive them to be.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why a book on race in language learning?

Chapter 1: The African American experience in language study: A review of the research

Chapter 2: Translanguaging identities

Chapter 3: Telling black stories in language learning research

Chapter 4: Nina’s story: Race and ethnicity in classrooms and outside

Chapter 5: Didier’s story: Translanguaging black manhood in multicultural contexts

Chapter 6: Leti’s story: The racialized, gendered, and social classed body

Chapter 7: Rose’s story: Redefining participation and success

Chapter 8: Communities and investments in learning a new language

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Uju Anya is Assistant Professor of Second Language Learning in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University


"This compelling and erudite volume should be required reading for foreign language educators and study abroad professionals." –Celeste Kinginger, Department of Applied Linguistics, Pennsylvania State University, USA