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Dymplexity: new theories, new contexts and new labels for mobile students

Coleman, James A. (2013). Dymplexity: new theories, new contexts and new labels for mobile students. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 8(1) pp. 20–28.

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In their article ‘A guide to interculturality for international and exchange students: an example of Hostipitality’, Fred Dervin and Heidi Layne discuss two locally-produced documents designed to help international and exchange students acclimatise to life in Finland. Drawing on Derrida, Bauman, Bakhtin and other theoretical approaches to cultures, to interculturality and to discourse analysis, they find that the documents seek to impose on visiting students the norms of an essentialised Finnishness. In this response, I adopt a simpler theoretical position to reflect on theoretical neologisms, and to challenge what is fundamentally a binary statement of the issue, and one which potentially misrepresents the documents by drawing on concepts which are no longer apt, and by ignoring some key factors of the context of their production and use. I suggest that dymplexity might be a more appropriate term than hostipidality for considering intercultural aspects of student mobility.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1747-6615
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 36596
Depositing User: James A. Coleman
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2013 11:13
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 19:07
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