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Discourse and Cultural Transformation

Robert Maier

in Discourse as Cultural Struggle

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9789622098114
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206830 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098114.003.0002
Discourse and Cultural Transformation

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This chapter examines the influence of discourse on cultural transformation. It considers the new cultural context of contemporary discourse and discusses new ways of engaging in cultural discourses. It attempts to answer the question about the possibility of avoiding a renewed imposition of some abstract universalistic norms and values while at the same time respecting cultural differences in a satisfactory way. It discusses the observation that discourse is receiving increasing attention in the social sciences because it is a crucial medium and component in the various forms of power and identity in the contemporary multicultural world.

Keywords: discourse; cultural transformation; cultural discourses; universalistic norms; values; social sciences; power; identity

Chapter.  5397 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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