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Discourse as Cultural Struggle$
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Xu Shi

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098114

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098114.001.0001

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Discourse and Cultural Transformation

Discourse and Cultural Transformation

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Discourse as Cultural Struggle

Robert Maier

Hong Kong University Press

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

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