Talk About Rice: A Discursive Approach to Studying Culture


  • Kyoko Murakami Loughborough University



culture, ethnification, otherness, discourse analysis


The paper examines the ways in which people talk about others of different culture or ethnic origin. I analyse interview talk of the British W.W.II veterans about their experiences at the prisoners of war camp in Japan and recent activities of reconciliation. Proposed is a discursive approach to the study of culture and cross-cultural communication, in comparison to work in cultural anthropology and ethnographic conversation analysis. The discussion is guided by two analytic concepts—membership categorisation and ethnification processes. The paper concludes that the ways in which cultural knowledge is constructed, established and shared are discursive accomplishments of a social action of accounting for the war-time past. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0103134


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Author Biography

Kyoko Murakami, Loughborough University

Kyoko MURAKAMI is currently writing up her PhD thesis. Her PhD research examines social organisation of identity, accountability and sense-making in remembrance of British prisoners of war experience of reconciliation occasioned in their recent visit to Japan. She is a member of the Loughborough Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG) which provides a forum of academic research and discussion in socio-cultural and discursive psychology and discourse analysis.




How to Cite

Murakami, K. (2001). Talk About Rice: A Discursive Approach to Studying Culture. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 2(3).