Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of English Language and Literature

Title

Stereotypes in the making: Prejudice and cultural generalizations in Hong Kong students’ discourse

Language

English

Abstract

This article analyzes how a group of Hong Kong students talk about people in other countries in an informal group discussion. The focus is on the discursive construction of outgroup stereotypes, and the analyses show that the attitudes discussed in the group are highly variable, even contradictory - across as well as within individual group members. Discursive Psychology is used as the theoretically informed analytic approach for the analysis, and Social Identity Theory (Tajfel) and Self-Categorization Theory (Turner) are proposed as the overall theoretical frameworks which seem to encompass the different themes uncovered in the analyses. The article argues that personal experience, rhetorical ends, and group dynamics are salient factors in terms of explaining the construction and nature of the stereotypes. Furthermore, it is argued that intergroup differentiation is important in accounting for the process of stereotype-construction, and that cognitive dissonance, as well as accusations of prejudiced identities, appear to have little noticeable effect on individual group members or intra-group harmony. Finally, the article argues that this group discussion could be seen as an example of predominant discourses and ideological positions about Western and Asian 'others' which exist in contemporary Hong Kong society. © John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Keywords

Asian discourses, Discourse analysis, Group dynamics, Intergroup differentiation, Rhetoric, Stereotypes

Publication Date

2011

Source Publication Title

Journal of Asian Pacific Communication

Volume

21

Issue

1

Start Page

133

End Page

158

Publisher

John Benjamins Publishing

DOI

10.1075/japc.21.1.10lad

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/japc.21.1.10lad

ISSN (print)

09576851

ISSN (electronic)

15699838

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