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Author Vasquez, Olga A.

Title Pushing boundaries : language and culture in a Mexicano community / Olga A. Vasquez, Lucinda Pease-Alvarez, Sheila M. Shannon.

Published Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  304.4409794 VASQ    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-214) and index.
Contents Foreword / Luis C. Moll -- Eastside: A Mexicano Community -- Home and School Contexts for Lancuage Learning -- Bilingual Children Crossing Cultural Borders -- Negotiating Culture and Language in the Home -- Moving Toward a Recognition Perspective -- Meeting the Challenges of Diversity.
Summary 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.
Other author Pease-Alvarez, Lucinda.
Shannon, Sheila M.
Subject Sociolinguistics -- California.
Mexicans -- California -- Languages.
Language and culture -- California.
ISBN 0521419352 (hardback)