Language learning, gender and desire: Japanese women on the move

Kimie Takahashi*

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For many Japanese women, the English language has never been just another school subject. For them, English is the tool of identity transformation and the means of obtaining what they passionately desire - mobility, the West and its masculinity. Language Learning, Gender and Desire explores Japanese women's passion for learning English and how they negotiate identity and desire in the terrain of racial, sexual and linguistic politics. Drawing on ethnographic data and popular media texts, the book offers new insights into the multidirectionality of desire and power in the context of second language learning.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol; Buffalo
PublisherChannel View Publications
Number of pages181
ISBN (Electronic)9781847698551
ISBN (Print)9781847698537, 1847698557
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


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