Book notice: Discourse and International Relations

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Discourse and International Relations
Published: 2007
Publisher: Peter Lang AG

Editor: U. Dagmar Scheu Lottgen
Editor: José Saura Sánchez

This book assembles a selection of essays on Discourse and Intercultural
Relations presented at Murcia University in September 2004. After the
recent outburst of the East-West conflict intercultural relations and the
challenges embedded in intercultural communication are of increasing
importance. This compilation unravels these topics from the point of view
of Discourse Analysis and Cultural Studies. The main aim is to highlight
the discursive strategies employed by the dominant political elite in a
variety of contexts to maintain and reinforce their power position in
intercultural encounters. The paramount concern is, therefore, to reflect
upon the interrelations between language, power and discourse (in the
Foucaultian sense).

Within a broad theoretical framework, the contributions are divided into
two main parts. Part I includes papers which work within the field of
Critical Discourse Studies and explore ideological issues, such as the
concept of 'otherness', identity, race and the mass media's manipulation of
public opinion. Part II adopts a more culturally based stance covering
topics, such as intercultural competence, hybridity, intercultural
education etc.


Dagmar Scheu/José Saura Sánchez: Introduction - Teun A. van Dijk: Macro
contexts - Irina Oukhanova-Shmygova: Culturally-biased speech behaviour
patterns of Russian and Belarussian politicians - Alfonso García
Martínez/Antonia Ma Sánchez Lázaro: Symbolic racism and its concretion in
immigration - Dagmar Scheu/Elena Zamora Sánchez: Recontextualization in
public discourses of the consequences of the East-West conflict: The case
of José Couso - José Saura Sánchez: Prototypical discourses: The linguistic
construction of intercultural relations - María D. López Maestre:
Investigating language and ideology in discourse on immigration: A
corpus-based critical approach - Alvino E. Fantini: Intercultural
competence: Exploring its multiple dimensions - Gregory B. Lee: Consuming
cultures: Translating the global, homogenizing the local - Florent Villard:
Europeanized culture, hybridity and the question of the intercultural in
1930s China: The position of Qu Qiubai (1899-1935) - David Walton: Getting
at language, power and ideology after 9/11: An intervention into 'Bushness
Studies' - Alvino E. Fantini: Exploring bilingualism: Its development, use
and effects - Dora Sales Salvador: Awareness in an immigrant-receiving
society: Intercultural mediation and translation/interpretation in public
services - Roberto Ortí Teruel: An approach to the Arabic communicative
model from the field of conversation analysis - Ignacio Sada García:
Intercultural education and educational centres abroad.

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