Researching Identity and Interculturality

Edited by Fred Dervin, Karen Risager

© 2015 – Routledge

246 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2014-10-10
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About the Book

This volume focuses on advances in research methodology in an interdisciplinary field framed by discourses of identity and interculturality. It includes a range of qualitative studies: studies of interaction, narrative studies, conversation analysis, ethnographic studies, postcolonial studies and critical discourse studies, and emphasizes the role of discourse and power in all studies of identity and interculturality. The volume particularly focuses on critical reflexivity in every stage of research, including reflections on theoretical concepts (such as ‘identity’ and ‘interculturality’) and their relationship with methodology and analytical practice, reflections on researcher identity and subjectivity, reflections on local and global contexts of research, and reflections on language choice and linguacultural aspects of data generation, analysis and communication.


"This strong, imaginative and timely volume significantly widens the discussion on identity and interculturality in several domains, including research methods, education, ethnography and non-western discourses. It represents a major contribution to the literature."Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies and Sociology in the Global & International Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

"This volume makes a valuable contribution to developing research in interculturality by going beyond description of research method to engage critically with the methodical consequences of the complex constructs of identity, culture and interculturality that confront any researcher in the field. The volume works through important new possibilities for developing accounts of identity in intercultural contexts that will enrich scholarship in the field both conceptually and methodologically."—Tony Liddicoat, Professor in Applied Linguistics, School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, University of South Australia

"This collection of empirical studies makes an important contribution towards developing researcher awareness and capability in intercultural communication research. The studies draw on critical/interpretive research frameworks and methodologies to illustrate the possibilities and complexities of doing intercultural research. Readers will gain useful and important methodological insights, invaluable to their own research, where language, culture, identity, power and intercultural communication intersect."Prue Holmes, Senior Lecturer/Docent, University of Durham, UK

"…this volume coherently integrates articles that articulately shed light on core concepts, significant controversies and new directions in the field and offer expertise, insight, and resources for teaching and learning identity and intercultural encounters in the broad context of globalization. It is an engaging and useful reading for scholars and graduate students in multiple disciplines such as applied linguistics, cultural studies, and international education." - Le Chen, University of Western Ontario, The LINGUIST List

Table of Contents

Introduction Fred Dervin and Karen Risager Part 1: Identity and Interculturality: Studying Narratives 1. Identity Transformations in Intercultural Encounters: A Dialogical Analysis Irini Kadianaki, Ria O’Sullivan-Lago & Alex Gillespie 2. Enregistered and Emergent Identities in Narrative Anna de Fina 3. Identity: Brought about or Brought Along? Narrative as a Privileged Site for Researching Intercultural Identities Mike Baynham Part 2: Identity and Interculturality: Studying interaction and discursive contexts 4. Ethnomethodological Methods for Identity and Culture: Conversation Analysis and Membership Categorization Elizabeth Stokoe & Frederick Attenborough 5. Interculturality: Reconceptualising Cultural Memberships and Identities through Translanguaging Practice Zhu Hua 6. Discursive Ethnography – A Microanalytical Perspective on Cultural Performance and Common Sense in Student Counseling Interviews Louise Tranekjær Part 3: Identity and Interculturality: Studying practices and discourses in local and global contexts 7. Interculturality in Ethnographic Practice: Noisy Silences Lise Paulsen Galal 8. Who Decides what to Develop and How? Methodological Reflections on Postcolonial Contributions to Analysis of Development Fieldwork Heidi Bojsen Part 4: Identity and Interculturality: Revisiting concepts and analytical foci 9. On Legitimate and Illegitimate Blendings - Towards an Analytics of Hybridity Birgitta Frello 10. Identity and Subjectivity: Different Timescales, Different Methodologies Claire Kramsch Concluding Remarks: Towards More Equitable Research on Identity and Interculturality? Fred Dervin & Karen Risager

About the Editors

Fred Dervin is Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He specializes in language and intercultural education, the sociology of multiculturalism and linguistics for intercultural communication and education. Dervin has widely published in international journals on identity, the ‘intercultural’ and mobility/migration.

Karen Risager is Professor Emerita at Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University, Denmark. She has published widely on language, culture and identity theorized in a transnational and global perspective. Empirical areas researched are the cultural dimensions of foreign language teaching and learning, the cultural dimensions of second language learning among migrants, and multilingual policies at the international university.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication

Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication publishes theoretically informed and empirically grounded research monographs and edited volumes that offer state of the art reviews of and debates in this evolving field. Its aim is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and methodological innovations, thereby extending the scope of intercultural communication. Titles in this series also seek to maintain a strong practical and professional interest and inform and influence teaching and learning, business and organizational communication, daily communication, and beyond.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Methodology