LINGUIST List 32.2894

Sat Sep 11 2021

Books: Unpacking Discourses on Chineseness: Gao, Wang (eds.)

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Date: 09-Sep-2021
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Subject: Unpacking Discourses on Chineseness: Gao, Wang (eds.)
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Title: Unpacking Discourses on Chineseness
Subtitle: The Cultural Politics of Language and Identity in Globalizing China
Series Title: Encounters
Published: 2021
Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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Editor: Shuang Gao
Editor: Xuan Wang
Hardback: ISBN: 9781800413825 Pages: 224 Price: U.S. $ 139.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781800413825 Pages: 224 Price: U.K. £ 99.95

This book examines the complexity of Chineseness in China and the Chinese diaspora. Using critical sociolinguistic and discourse analytical approaches, the chapters reveal the power dynamics and ideologies underlying the varied ways Chineseness is performed, represented and contested. Together they highlight four perspectives on Chineseness: the multiplicity of Chineseness, aspirational Chineseness, chronotopes of Chineseness and the cultural politics of Chineseness. It is argued that Chineseness is best understood as an ideologically-constructed variable, the articulation of which is deeply embedded within the dynamics of neoliberal globalization, rising nationalism, persistent Western hegemony, and shifting global geopolitics.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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