Translating Childhoods

Immigrant Youth, Language, and Culture

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Table of Contents



Translating Frames

Landscapes of Childhood   

Home Work

Public Para-Phrasing



Translating Childhoods   

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C




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  1. Translating Childhoods: Immigrant Youth, Language and Culture (2009, Rutgers University Press) brings together more than a decade of my research on the work that the children of immigrants do as language and culture brokers.  Based on ethnographic research in three communities, including observations and audio-recordings of children in language brokering encounters, interviews with children, parents and teachers, a survey, and journal entries documenting youths’ perceptions of their experiences, I look at how children use their knowledge of two languages to speak, read, write, listen and do things for others.

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  1. Translating Childhoods: Immigrant Youth, Language and Culture can be used in a variety of courses, from the fields of education to psychology to sociology. It is especially appropriate for courses that strive to  introduce a sociocultural perspective on development and education and/or examine cultural diversity in the U.S.

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