Cultural Relativism and the Discourse of Intercultural Communication: Aporias of Praxis in the Intercultural Public Sphere

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Cultural Relativism and the Discourse of Intercultural Communication: Aporias of Praxis in the Intercultural Public Sphere

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dc.contributor.author O'Regan, John P. en_GB
dc.contributor.author MacDonald, Malcolm en_GB
dc.contributor.department Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University; University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-18T17:09:23Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:52:00Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:43:11Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_GB
dc.description.abstract The premise of much intercultural communication pedagogy and research is to educate people from different cultures towards open and transformative positions of mutual understanding and respect. This discourse in the instance of its articulation realises and sustains Intercultural Communication epistemologically – as an academic field of social enquiry, and judgementally – as one which locates itself on a moral terrain. By adopting an ethical stance towards difference, the discourse of intercultural communication finds itself caught in a series of aporias, or performative contradictions, where interculturalists are projected simultaneously into positions of cultural relativism on the one hand and ideological totalism on the other. Such aporias arise because the theoretical premises upon which the discourse relies are problematic. We trace these thematics to a politics of presence operating within the discourse of intercultural communication and link this to questions of judgement and truth in the intercultural public sphere. We propose that the politics of presence be set aside in favour of an intercultural praxis which is oriented to responsibility rather than to truth. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Volume 7, Number 4, pp. 267-278 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.2167/laic287.0 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/41093 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Multilingual Matters en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.multilingual-matters.net/laic/007/laic0070267.htm en_GB
dc.subject relativism en_GB
dc.subject totality en_GB
dc.subject presence en_GB
dc.subject transformation en_GB
dc.subject truth en_GB
dc.subject responsibility en_GB
dc.title Cultural Relativism and the Discourse of Intercultural Communication: Aporias of Praxis in the Intercultural Public Sphere en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-11-18T17:09:23Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:52:00Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:43:11Z
dc.identifier.issn 1470-8477 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Language and Intercultural Communication en_GB


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