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Language and Education in Japan

Unequal Access to Bilingualism


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Yasuko Kanno
    Pages 1-8
  3. Yasuko Kanno
    Pages 9-37
  4. Yasuko Kanno
    Pages 38-58
  5. Yasuko Kanno
    Pages 59-82
  6. Yasuko Kanno
    Pages 83-103
  7. Yasuko Kanno
    Pages 104-123
  8. Yasuko Kanno
    Pages 124-144
  9. Yasuko Kanno
    Pages 177-182
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 183-206

About this book


The first critical ethnography of bilingual education in Japan. Based on fieldwork at five different schools, this examines the role of schools in the unequal distribution of bilingualism as cultural capital. It argues that schooling gives children unequal access to bilingualism thus socializing them into different futures.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Temple UniversityUSA

About the authors

YASUKO KANNO is Associate Professor of TESOL in the College of Education at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. Her research interests include bilingual education, multilingual and multicultural identities, and sociocultural experiences of language minority students. She is author of Negotiating Bilingual and Bicultural Identities: Japanese Returnees Betwixt Two Worlds. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education and the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Bibliographic information


'Language and Education in Japan makes a welcome contribution both to

critical studies of language education, and specifically to understanding

bilingualism in Japan. I recommend it to scholars interested in applied

linguistics, language education, and contemporary Japan.'

- Chad Nilep, Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado, USA (via Linguist List)