Language Resocialization and Gender Allies

  • Steven L. ArxerEmail author
  • Maria del Puy Ciriza
  • Marco Shappeck
Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 17)


This chapter investigates how language socialization in the immigrant context cannot be separated from gender roles and their associative sociolinguistic practices. Exclusionary interactions that emanate either from the dominant or immigrant community have the potential to limit both women and men’s mobility and their access to native-speaking interlocutors. Studies in immigrant gender identities link potential changes in social position to the simultaneous shifts experienced by immigrants in a new economic context. Participating in formal language resocialization may deviate from expected gender roles and may be discouraged by family and friends. As our data show, however, the ESL classroom space can be a site where older women and men renegotiate gender norms to become gender allies in the process of second-language acquisition.


Language resocialization Gender identity Social positioning Gendered literacy Gendered labor Gendered settings Social competence Ally work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven L. Arxer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria del Puy Ciriza
    • 2
  • Marco Shappeck
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and PsychologyUniversity of North Texas at DallasDallasUSA
  2. 2.Department of Spanish and Hispanic StudiesTexas Christian UniversityFort WorthUSA
  3. 3.Department of Teacher Education and AdministrationUniversity of North Texas at DallasDallasUSA

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