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Read the Cultural Other : Forms of Otherness in the Discourses of Hong Kong's Decolonization - Shi-xu

Read the Cultural Other

Forms of Otherness in the Discourses of Hong Kong's Decolonization

By: Shi-xu (Editor), Manfred Kienpointer (Editor), Jan Servaes (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 17th August 2005
ISBN: 9783110182675
Number Of Pages: 252
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Read the Cultural Other contains studies on non-Western discourse. It has two principal aims. Firstly, it argues that the study of non-Western, non-White, and Third-World discourses should become a legitimate, necessary, and routine part of international discourse scholarship. Hitherto, non-Western, non-White, and Third-Word discourses have been relegated and marginalized to a 'local', 'particular', or 'other' place in (or, one might argue, outside) the mainstream. To reclaim their place, the book deconstructs the rhetoric of universalism and the continued preoccupation with Western discourse in the profession, and stresses the cultural nature of discourse, both ordinary and disciplinary, as it outlines a culturally pluralist vision.

Secondly, in order to take the multicultural view seriously, it explores the complexity, diversity, and forms of otherness of non-Western discourse by examining the case of China and Hong Kong's discourses of the decolonization of the latter. Far too often, non-Western discourse has been stereotyped as externally discrete, internally homogeneous, and formally containable within a 'universal', 'general', or 'integrated' model. The present work focuses on China and Hong Kong's discourses, which have been marginalized by their Western counterparts. Through culturally eclectic linguistic analysis and local cultural analysis, it identifies and highlights the specific ways of speaking of China and Hong Kong - their concepts, concerns, aspirations, resistance, verbal strategies, etc. - with respect to similar or different issues.

The culturally pluralist view and analytical practice proffered here call for a radical cultural change in international scholarship on language, communication, and discourse.

"This is an inspiriting and inspirited collection of papers. [...] And in moving beyond the materiality of description, Read the Cultural Others manages to situate the theorizing of discourse studies at the very heart of the "human condition." Bravo!"Leo Francis Hoye in: Intercultural Pragmatics 3/2006

Paradigmatic reorientation
The study of non-Western discoursep. 3
Communication theory and the Western biasp. 21
Towards multiculturalism in discourse studiesp. 33
Beyond differences in cultural values and modes of communicationp. 49
The discursive dominance of the West
Reporting the Hong Kong transition : a comparative analysis of news coverage in Europe and Asiap. 73
The contest over Hong Kong : revealing the power practices of the Western mediap. 89
Hong Kong's press freedom : a comparative sociology of Western and Hong Kong's viewsp. 103
Complexity, diversity and otherness of non-Western discourse
Unfamiliar voices from the other : exploring forms of otherness in the media discourses of China and Hong Kongp. 119
Media and metaphor : exploring the rhetoric in China's and Hong Kong's public discourses on Hong Kong and Chinap. 139
Voices of missing identity : a study of contemporary Hong Kong literary writingsp. 165
Identity and interactive hypermedia : a discourse analysis of Web diariesp. 177
Narrating Hong Kong history : a critical study of mainland China's historical discourse from a Hong Kong perspectivep. 197
A nascent paradigm for non-Western discourse studies : an epiloguep. 211
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ISBN: 9783110182675
ISBN-10: 311018267X
Series: Language, Power, and Social Process
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 17th August 2005
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.54