» Sign in » My Account » View Basket

Basket: 0 item(s) Total: £0.00

+ Advanced Search

Language Learning, Gender and Desire Japanese Women on the Move Author: Kimie Takahashi

Paperback - 200 pages
22 Jan 2013
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148


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.


The book is a welcome addition to the field of language, gender and sexuality and is nevertheless accessible to those who are new to the field. It would be a valuable read for students, language teachers and researchers interested in second language learning/acquisition as well as language, gender and sexuality.

- Journal of Language and Sexuality Vol. 3:2 (2014)
- Ayako Tominari, Ibaraki Christian University, Japan

Takahashi's book is well written, engaging, and enlightening. It is unafraid of revealing truths about the effects of media, the real struggles of ELL learners in Australia, as well as the repercussions of being a woman who is deemed “too independent” in Japan. This book is a must for scholars of gender and media, ELL teachers, as well as migration researchers, and is even appealing for the curious casual reader who will find many thought-provoking issues within its pages.

- Journal and Proceedings of GALE 2014 Vol. 7
- Herbeth L. Fondevilla, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Author Biography:

Kimie Takahashi is Lecturer at the Graduate School of English at Assumption University of Thailand. Her research interests centre on gender, second language learning and social inclusion in the context of transmigration. She is co-founder of the sociolinguistics website Language on the Move (www.languageonthemove.org).

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

Table of Contents

View PDF Table of Contents

Book Preview