This book examines the notions of ethics and equity in relation to language and communication in intercultural relations. Although these notions are often discussed, they are not always addressed with regard to specifi c subjects. Much intercultural discourse and dialogue in recent times has been coloured by the clash of civilizations (as described by Samuel Huntington), terrorist attacks such as 9/11, and the indelible effects which these events have had on dealings between different peoples, cultures and religions. This book discusses ethics and equity with regard to marginalized and privileged minorities, victims of abuse and of confl ict, researchers and practitioners, and language learners and speaker/users. It opens up spaces for a critical discourse of ethics and equity in language and intercultural communication as ‘new’ knowledge. This book was originally published as a special issue of Language and Intercultural Communication.
Introduction: the discourse of ethics and equity Shanta Nair-Venugopal
1. Intercultural ethics: questions of methods in language and intercultural communication Alison Phipps
2. The uses of oral history in Cyprus: ethics, memory and identity Holger Briel
3. Beyond the reach of ethics and equity? Depersonalisation and dehumanisation in foreign domestic helper narratives Hans J. Ladegaard
4. Issues of language choice, ethics and equity: Japanese retirees living in Malaysia as their second home Siti Hamin Stapa, Talaibek Musaev, Natsue Hieda and Normalis Amzah
5. The in-depth interview as a research tool for investigating the online intercultural communication of Asian Internet users in relation to ethics in intercultural research Doris Fetscher
6. Are you an ELF? The relevance of ELF as an equitable social category in online intercultural communication Christopher Jenks