Discourse and Multicultural Social Activity in Postwar Lebanon

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dc.contributor.author Bahous, Rima
dc.contributor.author Khalaf, Roseanne Saad
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-04T13:23:33Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-04T13:23:33Z
dc.date.copyright 2008
dc.date.issued 2015-11-04
dc.identifier.issn 1744-7143 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/2438
dc.description.abstract Some multilingual/multicultural research has debated whether people from diverse backgrounds can go beyond their differences and communicate openly about issues that seem to divide them, and, remain ‘friends’. To explore this debate, a reflexive ethnography study was conducted examining the impact of bi-weekly physical fitness classes on the lives of female participants. The research focuses on communicative benefits obtained through class discourse while participants engage in regular exercises. Classes include multilingual women of different age, religion, socioeconomic status and education. Through interviews and close observation, findings reveal that sessions serve as a ‘contact zone’ where ideas are expressed and debated. They provide a ‘safety net’ where trust, cooperation, advice, consolation and assistance are readily available. Lively multilingual exchanges increase awareness and understanding as participants influence and are influenced by engagement in open and critical conversations over an extended period of time. Although results cannot be generalised, the researchers conclude that there is a possibility of ongoing discourse outside the public gaze which creates a close bond among participants, allowing them to be more accepting of the ‘Other’. The study's implications are significant in highlighting how multicultural/multilingual individuals in Lebanon can transcend differences and learn to coexist peacefully in pluralistic societies. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Discourse and Multicultural Social Activity in Postwar Lebanon en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 197902770 en_US
dc.author.woa N/A en_US
dc.author.department Education en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Multicultural Discourses en_US
dc.journal.volume 3 en_US
dc.journal.issue 2 en_US
dc.article.pages 114-134 en_US
dc.keywords Tolerance en_US
dc.keywords Diversity en_US
dc.keywords Discourse en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17447140802249242 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Bahous, R. N., & Saad Khalaf, R. (2008). Discourse and Multicultural Social Activity in Postwar Lebanon. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 3(2), 114-134. en_US
dc.author.email rbahous@lau.edu.lb
dc.identifier.url http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17447140802249242?needAccess=true

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