'Is it Okay to eat a dog in Korea ... like China?' assumptions of national food-eating practices in intercultural interaction

Adam Brandta, Christopher Joseph Jenks

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There is a small body of research which shows how intercultural communication is constituted in and through talk-in-interaction, and can be made relevant or irrelevant by interactants on a moment-by-moment basis. Our paper builds on this literature by investigating how cultural assumptions of national food-eating practices are deployed, contested and co-constructed in an online, voice-based chat room. Using conversation analysis, findings show how assumptions about cultural practices sequentially unfold in a setting where the interactants are strangers. Additionally, we show how assumptions about cultural practices can be used for rhetorical purposes, and can be treated as simple and complex in a single exchange.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-58
Number of pages18
JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Conversation analysis
  • Cultural assumptions
  • Cultural practices
  • Interculturality
  • Membership categorisation analysis
  • Social interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language

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