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'Is it okay to eat a dog in China?' Assumptions of national food-eating practices in intercultural interaction

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Adam Brandt, Dr Christopher Jenks


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There is a small body of research which shows how intercultural communication is constituted in and through talk-in-interaction, and can be made relevant or irrelevant by interactants on a moment-by-moment basis. Our paper builds on this literature by investigating how cultural assumptions of national food-eating practices are deployed, contested and co-constructed in an online, voice-based chat room. Using conversation analysis, findings show how assumptions about cultural practices sequentially unfold in a setting where the interactants are strangers. Additionally, we show how assumptions about cultural practices can be used for rhetorical purposes, and can be treated as simple and complex in a single exchange.

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Author(s): Brandt A, Jenks C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Language and Intercultural Communication

Year: 2011

Volume: 11

Issue: 1

Pages: 41-58

Print publication date: 06/02/2011

ISSN (print): 1470-8477

ISSN (electronic): 1747-759X

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/14708477.2010.541260


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