Language, Identity and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society provides scholarly insight to how foreign language acquisition has influenced an individual’s understanding of identity within the African American family. Scholarship is rooted in sociolinguistic, communication and bilingual theoretical perspectives. This text describes how foreign language acquisition, development and use help to shape how African Americans are able to describe and proscribe their identity and in turn, the identity of the family. It looks specifically at how family language choices, in particular choosing to be bilingual, effects family communication and perception of identity from people outside of the family.
“Language, Identity and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society offers, through vibrant personal reflections and scholarly research, a valuable treatise on the promotion of second language and trans-cultural studies among African Americans. Those wishing to engender in their children and in their communities the positive benefits of bilingualism and intercultural literacy will find this text informative and entertaining.” – James J. Davis, Howard University
About the author
Dr. Kami J. Anderson is an associate professor in the department of Digital Writing and Media Arts and the assistant director of the Marietta campus for the Undergraduate Honors Program for the Honors College at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Anderson completed doctoral work in Intercultural Communication at Howard University in Washington, DC in 2007; her dissertation is entitled, The Shifting Character of Social and Ethnic Identity among Black American Sojourners. Dr. Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Spelman College and a Master of Arts in International Communication and Cultural Anthropology from the American University in Washington, DC.
Dr. Anderson is a former ISEE (Institute for Scholarship in Engineering Education) fellow (2006) and has written collaborative papers on communication in the engineering classroom. She is also an Edward Alexander Bouchet Honors Scholar, a program designed to recognize the scholarly achievements of graduate students and alumni of Howard and Yale Universities. She has published extensively in both English and Spanish in scholarly and trade journals, as well as in national U.S. news publications.
She is currently a member of the National Communication Association (NCA), Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society, and The Organization for African American Linguists.
On Living in South Fulton
“I have been living in South Fulton since my return to Atlanta from DC. I moved back to get married after completing my PhD at Howard University. I live in the area with my husband, Jeff and four children: Jeffrey II (6), Jachin (4) and twins Jason and Jasira (2). We are proud to have a full bilingual household; all of our children are biliterate in English and Spanish. We are members of Zion Hill Baptist Church.”
Language, Identity and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society is available on Amazon.