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Acts of distinction at times of crisis: an epistemological challenge to intercultural communication research

Hua, Z; Jones, RH; Jaworska, S; (2022) Acts of distinction at times of crisis: an epistemological challenge to intercultural communication research. Language and Intercultural Communication pp. 1-12. 10.1080/14708477.2021.2024563. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, we reflect on the epistemological frameworks and priorities of intercultural communication research regarding ‘cultural differences’. With the current challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the growing political and social polarisation in recent years, we argue for a need to (re)focus attention to the ways acts of distinction (i. e., the explicit marking and accentuating of cultural differences) function in everyday encounters. The notion of acts of distinction, supported with principles from interactional sociolinguistics and moment analysis, can further our understanding of the dynamics of domination and the symbolic dimensions of group formation.

Type: Article
Title: Acts of distinction at times of crisis: an epistemological challenge to intercultural communication research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14708477.2021.2024563
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14708477.2021.2024563
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10144718
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