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ERIC Number: EJ862122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8477
Interculturalities: Reframing Identities in Intercultural Communication
Nair-Venugopal, Shanta
Language and Intercultural Communication, v9 n2 p76-90 May 2009
This paper attempts to reframe identities as "interculturalities" in the multimodal ways in which language is used for identity construction, specifically as responses to questionnaires, articulations within limited narratives, on-line interactions and in community ways of speaking a localised variety of English. Relying on a framework of analysis that was initially developed for reconceptualisng culture (Nair-Venugopal, 2003a) in intercultural communication, these "interculturalities" in the Malaysian context are taken to refer to the ways in which identity constructions of personhood and nationhood are produced within local contexts of interaction, quite apart from demographic categorisation, organisational membership, social roles and other more traditional dimensions of identity construction. These "interculturalities" may be taken to be trajectories of both personhood as social identity, and of nationhood as national identities, in the intercultural encounters among members of heterogeneous groups in Malaysia. Viewed as multimodal identity constructions, they represent avenues for cross and intercultural adaptation in a plural yet seemingly multicultural country such as Malaysia that contribute to the evolving discourse on "Bangsa Malaysia" or national identity. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia