This collection examines and uses discourse to promote a better understanding of culture and identity, with the primary goal of advancing an understanding of how discourse can be used to examine social and linguistic issues. Many of the contributions explore how the formation of culture and identity is shaped by national and transnational issues, such as migration, immigration, technology, and language policy.

The collection contributes to a better understanding of the process of intercultural communication research, as each author takes a different theoretical or methodological approach to examining discourse. Although different aspects of discourse are analyzed in this collection, each contribution examines issues and concepts that are central to understanding and carrying out intercultural communication research (e.g., structure and agency, static and dynamic cultural constructs, sociolinguistic scales, power and discourse, othering and alienness, native and non-native). This book was originally published as a special issue of Language and Intercultural Communication.

chapter 1|5 pages

The discourse of culture and identity in national and transnational contexts

ByChristopher Jenks, Aditi Bhatia, Jackie Lou

chapter 3|17 pages

Dehistoricized cultural identity and cultural othering

ByQu Weiguo

chapter 8|8 pages

DISCUSSION The paradox of culture in a globalized world

ByRodney H. Jones