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Global Dialectics in Intercultural Communication

Case Studies


Edited By Jolanta A. Drzewiecka and Thomas K. Nakayama

This book is an edited collection of case studies of contemporary issues in culture and communication around the world. Framed around a dialectical approach to intercultural communication, this collection offers a useful framework for thinking about contemporary research in this area. It offers in-depth cultural information about a broad range of specific cases in different places around the world. It is an ideal book to use in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in culture and communication, global communication and intercultural communication courses. Scholars interested in contemporary work in intercultural communication will find this collection essential in mapping the state of the art in this area.


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c h a p t e r f o u r Meanings of Health among Transgender Sex Workers in Singapore: A Culture-Centered Approach mohan j. dutta, dyah pitaloka, and dazzelyn zapata, national university of singapore, singapore If you cannot accept me then I will leave the house right now. I say if nobody will accept me, I am gonna leave the house. This is what I am. I’m going to be like this. And I’m going to be a woman one day. Whatever you gonna try it’s not gonna work. This is what I am. This is the reality that I want to become woman, Okay? Stop beating me or I’ll call the police. Catrine, 40 Male-to-female at 26 Sex worker since age 16 Catrine’s narrative of negotiating familial structures as she searches and enacts her agency as a transgender individual depicts the interplay of power and control in defining the ambits of sexuality in the Asian context, and particularly so in the context of Singapore, which remains one of the few Asian countries yet to decriminalize homosexuality. Catrine describes these interpersonal negotiations as meanings of health and well-being. Especially salient in the negotiations of lived experiences among transgender sex workers is the interplay of the global and the local, and the continual reworking of the local constituted in the ambits of health. Salient in Catrine’s narrative depicted above, the negotiations of 94 | mohan j. dut ta e t al. transgender identity are situated amid norms of filial piety and...

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