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Culture, Discourse, and the Workplace

By Jo Angouri

© 2018 – Routledge

230 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Culture, Discourse, and the Workplace brings new theoretical and methodological insights to the complex relationship between language, culture, and identity in professional settings. Examining the politics of language use at work via a critical sociolinguistic approach, this book:

  • Utilises three case studies from institutional and business contexts to provide a unique illustration of participants’ roles and ways of negotiating membership within the business meeting;
  • Questions essentialist meanings of culture and the ways in which they constitute a powerful resource for employees to perpetuate or challenge the status quo in their professional setting;
  • Includes a core section on methodology for the workplace discourse researcher as well as a section dedicated to FAQs and a worked example on data analysis;
  • Provides future directions for workplace sociolinguistics as a field and makes a case for holistic research and multidisciplinary enquiry.

Culture, Discourse, and the Workplace constitutes a key resource for students and teachers of intercultural communication and ESP and will also be of significant interest to researchers in the fields of workplace studies and business interaction.

Reviews

"This innovative and important work provides a rich resource for studying the complex, dynamic and political interface of culture, discourse and the workplace. It will inspire scholars interested in this interface by providing theoretical and methodological discussions and guidelines, as well as illuminating case studies."

Miriam A. Locher, University of Basel, Switzerland

"Angouri’s synthesis, theorizing and analysis of international workplace discourse will appeal to both students and seasoned researchers alike. This useful book combines the best of a critique and a vade mecum of key analytic concepts."

Adam Jaworski, University of Hong Kong

"Culture, Discourse and the Workplace offers an insightful analysis of how culture is made sense of in organizations. The discursive approach taken extends our understanding of the relationship of culture and discourse by elucidating how culture is talked into being – and its implications. The book does a great job in helping us to better understand culture talk from banal nationalism to mundane workplace conversations. A must read for discourse scholars and organization researchers alike."

Eero Vaara, Aalto University School of Business, Finland

Table of Contents

LIST OF FIGURES

LIST OF TABLES

TRANSCRIPTION CONVENTIONS

FOREWORD

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION: TALKING ‘CULTURE’ AT WORK

PART I: A PRISMATIC VIEW OF CULTURE

CHAPTER 2: CULTURE, POWERFUL METAPHORS, AND COTERMINOUS NOTIONS

CHAPTER 3: ASPECTS OF THE MODERN WORKPLACE

PART II: DOING RESEARCH IN INTERCULTURAL PROFESSIONAL SETTINGS

CHAPTER 4: WORKPLACE DISCOURSE: ISSUES OF THEORY AND METHOD

CHAPTER 5: TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Q&As ON DOING RESEARCH IN THE WORKPLACE

PART III: DOING CULTURE AND IDENTITY IN WORKPLACE INTERACTION

CHAPTER 6: CULTURAL IDENTITY AND THE POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE REVISITED

CHAPTER 7: GROUP IDENTITY, TEAMWORK AND MEETING TALK

CHAPTER 8: CASE STUDIES

CHAPTER 9. CONCLUDING REMARKS

REFERENCES

INDEX

About the Author

Jo Angouri is Reader at the University of Warwick, UK and Visiting Distinguished Professor at Aalto University, School of Business, Helsinki, Finland.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General