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The multiple faces of symbolic power

The multiple faces of symbolic power Applied Linguistics Review 2016; 7(4): 517­529 * DOI 10.1515/applirev-2016-0023 In the last chapter of this special issue (Zhu Hua & Kramsch 2016), we return to the way each of the authors addressed the three questions we had posed at the outset, and we discuss the general role that symbolic power plays in intercultural communication research and practice. The three questions were: 1. How is symbolic power defined and constituted in intercultural communication? 2. How does power inequality impact the way language is used and vice versa? 3. What is the most appropriate research approach to studying the workings of power in intercultural communication? 1 The multiple faces of symbolic power 1.1 The power to play with signifiers We first encounter the notion of symbolic power in Christina Higgins' paper on the encounter between biomedical doctors and indigenous healers in a workshop organized by the Tanga AIDS Working Group NGO in a small village in Northern Tanzania (Higgins, 2016). The organizers are keen on negating the symbolic differential between the two kinds of medicine, but the distinction is reactivated by the very participants in their interaction with one another. On the face of it, this study reports on a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Linguistics Review de Gruyter

The multiple faces of symbolic power

Applied Linguistics Review , Volume 7 (4) – Nov 1, 2016

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1868-6303
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10.1515/applirev-2016-0023
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Applied Linguistics Review 2016; 7(4): 517­529 * DOI 10.1515/applirev-2016-0023 In the last chapter of this special issue (Zhu Hua & Kramsch 2016), we return to the way each of the authors addressed the three questions we had posed at the outset, and we discuss the general role that symbolic power plays in intercultural communication research and practice. The three questions were: 1. How is symbolic power defined and constituted in intercultural communication? 2. How does power inequality impact the way language is used and vice versa? 3. What is the most appropriate research approach to studying the workings of power in intercultural communication? 1 The multiple faces of symbolic power 1.1 The power to play with signifiers We first encounter the notion of symbolic power in Christina Higgins' paper on the encounter between biomedical doctors and indigenous healers in a workshop organized by the Tanga AIDS Working Group NGO in a small village in Northern Tanzania (Higgins, 2016). The organizers are keen on negating the symbolic differential between the two kinds of medicine, but the distinction is reactivated by the very participants in their interaction with one another. On the face of it, this study reports on a

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Applied Linguistics Reviewde Gruyter

Published: Nov 1, 2016

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