Research as an intercultural ‘contact zone’

Manathunga, Catherine (2009) Research as an intercultural ‘contact zone’. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 30 2: 165-177. doi:10.1080/01596300902809161

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Author Manathunga, Catherine
Title Research as an intercultural ‘contact zone’
Journal name Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0159-6306
Publication date 2009-06-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596300902809161
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 165
End page 177
Total pages 13
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 130103 Higher Education
939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Abstract Contemporary researchers need to work across many cultural boundaries between ethnicities, between disciplines, between universities and industry, between professional cultures, and between various workplace cultures. While many authors have sought to characterise aspects of this boundary work, there remains little research on how researchers, especially research higher degree students, might be adequately prepared to work senitively in these cultural borderlands. This article draws upon the post-colonial concept of the 'contact zone' to reconceptualise the knowledge and skills required by the successful intercultural researcher. It demonstrates how recognition of and engagement with cultural difference can create deconstructive, productive possibilities for innovative research and new knowledge. The article also examines the consequences of a lack of intercultural sensitivity and equity - the symbolic violence and exploitation present in the contemporary research arena. This recasting of research has signficant implications for future research training.
Keyword Contact zone
Intercultural skills
Knowledge production
Post-colonial theory
Research training
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Thu, 04 Mar 2010, 00:35:07 EST by Dr Catherine Manathunga on behalf of Teaching & Educational Development Institute