New PDF release: A Cultural Approach to Discourse

By Shi Xu

ISBN-10: 0230505392

ISBN-13: 9780230505391

ISBN-10: 1403943346

ISBN-13: 9781403943347

Shi-xu opinions universalism in discourse experiences when it comes to the cultural effects of its present white, western point of view and advocates a culturally pluralist method, a conception and learn technique from an cutting edge place among jap and Western cultures. sensible learn recommendations are illustrated by means of examples drawn from culturally broad ranging discourses.

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2, 1984, 1987; see also Austin 1962). However, these are concerned with universal forms of rationality of human communication. Emphatically, here I do not mean that discourse (and the discourse producer) is determined by some universal system of norms and values. It is not. Rather, discourse is oriented towards culturally specific norms and values (see also Back 1996: 11). From another perspective, discursive moral rationality comes from historically specific discourses. Consequently, valued ‘progress’, ‘development’ and ‘transformation’ of historical discourse are ‘positive’ only from culture-specific and contemporary perspectives.

An earthquake or the falling of Discourse and Reality 25 a brick is an event that certainly exists . . But whether their specificity as objects is constructed in terms of ‘natural phenomena’ or ‘expression of the wrath of God’ depends upon the structure of a discursive field. What is denied is not that such objects exist externally to thought, but the rather different assertion that they would constitute themselves as objects outside any discursive condition of emergence. In a similar vein, Potter suggests (1996: 7) that ‘constructionist arguments are not aimed at denying the existence of tables .

Rather, it is the same sort of meaningful, intentional phenomenon as the text, subjective to individual and cultural interpretation (Gadamer 1989). Just as the researcher selects particular texts to study, so he or she chooses particular aspects of context as relevant and significant and interprets them in particular individual and cultural 40 Theory and Methodology perspectives. The understanding and appropriateness of the context is closely associated with the characteristics of the researcher, for example their knowledge and aims and their worldviews and theoretical perspective.

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