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'Those Venezuelans are so easy-going!': National stereotypes and self-representations in discourse about the Other.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
2012 (English)In: The Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication / [ed] Christina Paulston, Scott Kiesling, Elizabeth Rangel,, Malden MA, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, 272-291 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The research question of this study is to what extent, and in which ways national stereotypes coincide, regardless of whether they are self- or other-stereotypes and regardless of what surface values, positive or negative, they are associated with. Questions are also raised regarding mechanisms of identity defence and the willingness among each group to see the in-group as a possible object of description.

      The analysis was carried out on three different types of data: (1) semi-structured interviews with Scandinavian and Latin American employees in subsidiaries of Scandinavian-owned companies; (2) comments made by Spanish negotiators who were confronted, in structured interview situations, with negotiation sequences on video-tapes in which groups of Scandinavians and groups of Spaniards had been recorded; (3) spontaneous multi-party conversations between Swedish and Spanish business administration students.

      In all three sets, it was found that certain ideas regarding both 'Hispanic' and 'Scandinavian' national characteristics recurred consistently regardless of the national belonging of the source, and that the content of these stereotypes coincided to a considerable extent across the data. A closer analysis shows that the stereotypes expressed are linked to the national identity of the informants in ways which, rather than reflecting the valuation of the various attributions in absolute terms, suggest the existence of a value scale along which different nationalities are systematically placed.

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Malden MA, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 272-291 p.
, Blackwell handbooks in linguistics
Keyword [en]
stereotyping, national identity, membership categorisation, conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis
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Specific Languages
Research subject
Spanish; Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96956ISBN: 978-1-4051-6272-2OAI: diva2:668293
Available from: 2013-11-29 Created: 2013-11-29 Last updated: 2015-02-19Bibliographically approved

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