Deconstructing the Other Place
In Chapter 3, I suggested that one of the useful ways to confront cultural power and prejudice is to reflect on a culture’s discourse about other cultures, or the discourse of cultural ‘otherness’ or Other. More particularly, I proposed that efforts should be made to identify or rearticulate culturally domineering and demeaning discourses and, furthermore, to try to undermine them from various local and global positions. Highlighting a culture’s oppressive language about other cultures, peoples and places can be a first and important step towards critical cultural awareness. Moreover, such critical reflexivity may help create new conditions for discursive and cultural transformation and for new and genuinely intercultural and international communication and relations.
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