Contesting Grand Narratives of the Intercultural uses an autoethnographic account of the author’s experience of living in Iran in the 1970s to demonstrate the constant struggle to prevent the intercultural from being dominated by essentialist grand narratives that falsely define us within separate, bounded national or civilisational cultures.

This book provides critical insight that:

  • DeCentres how we encounter and research the intercultural by means of a third-space methodology
  • Recovers the figurative, creative, flowing, and boundary-dissolving power of culture
  • Recognises hybrid integration which enables us the choice and agency to be ourselves with others in intercultural settings
  • Demonstrates how early native-speakerism pulls us back to essentialist large-culture blocks.

Aimed at students and researchers in applied linguistics, intercultural studies, sociology, and education, this volume shows how cultural difference in stories, personal space, language, practices, and values generates unexpected and transcendent threads of experience to which we can all relate within small culture formation on the go.

chapter 1|21 pages

Distant places and everyday understandings

chapter 2|9 pages

The Orientalist blocks I took with me

chapter 4|18 pages

Public spaces and hybrid modernity

chapter 5|21 pages

Western newcomers

chapter 6|13 pages

Stories, media, and histories

chapter 8|6 pages

Finding hybrid integration