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Author: Douglas Fleming

Abstract

This chapter plays with the concept of becoming woman () as a way of gaining a deeper understanding of the construction of gender within the context of second language immigration. The concept has had a productive, if controversial, relationship to the notion of the other, originally conceptualized in terms of gender by De Beauvoir and further developed by such feminist theorists as Irigaray and Kristeva. Becoming is a central concept within the Deleuzian oeuvre because it is explicitly set against being and identity, central notions within the tradition of Western philosophy since the Greeks. In what follows, I re-examine the data pertaining to a study of adults learning English while negotiating sites of tension, conflict, and contradiction within their experiences of immigration. I argue that becoming woman has significant explanatory power in conceptualizing the construction of subjectivity and gender in the context of second language immigration.

In: Deterritorializing Language, Teaching, Learning, and Research
Chapter 2 Rethinking the Genders and Becoming in Second Language Education
Author: Douglas Fleming

Abstract

This chapter plays with the concept of becoming woman () as a way of gaining a deeper understanding of the construction of gender within the context of second language immigration. The concept has had a productive, if controversial, relationship to the notion of the other, originally conceptualized in terms of gender by De Beauvoir and further developed by such feminist theorists as Irigaray and Kristeva. Becoming is a central concept within the Deleuzian oeuvre because it is explicitly set against being and identity, central notions within the tradition of Western philosophy since the Greeks. In what follows, I re-examine the data pertaining to a study of adults learning English while negotiating sites of tension, conflict, and contradiction within their experiences of immigration. I argue that becoming woman has significant explanatory power in conceptualizing the construction of subjectivity and gender in the context of second language immigration.

In: Deterritorializing Language, Teaching, Learning, and Research
In: Deterritorializing Language, Teaching, Learning, and Research
Part 4 Deterritorializing Language Teacher Education
In: Deterritorializing Language, Teaching, Learning, and Research
Part 2 Deterritorializing Language Learners’ Identity
In: Deterritorializing Language, Teaching, Learning, and Research
Part 3 Deterritorializing Literacies
In: Deterritorializing Language, Teaching, Learning, and Research