Dynamics of Negation in the Identity Politics of Cultural Other and Cultural Self Journal Article uri icon



  • This paper examines the findings of Shi-xu (1995) in terms of how texts that represent a cultural Other may be interpreted as a way of constructing a cultural self. Even when attempting to move beyond colonial and demeaning representations of the cultural Other, these western writers in fact construct a vision of the Other that signifies their own desires and values. Westerners construct their identity dialogically in the texts analyzed by Shi-xu, primarily by defining what the cultural Other is not. The frequency with which western writers define their identities through negations compounded with the demeaning images of the cultural Other points to the difficulty and challenge of constructing a post-colonial discourse and an affirming recognition of the cultural Other.

publication date

  • September 1, 1995

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • November 11, 2020 7:17 AM

Full Author List

  • Penuel WR; Wertsch JV

author count

  • 2

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1354-067X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-7056

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 343

end page

  • 359


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