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Article: Lost in translation: Sex and sexuality in elite discourse and everyday language

TitleLost in translation: Sex and sexuality in elite discourse and everyday language
Authors
KeywordsChinese
Desire
Elite Discourse
Everyday Language
Sexuality
Issue Date2007
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105771
Citation
Sexualities, 2007, v. 10 n. 5, p. 623-644 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article questions our own use of language in representing, articulating, and communicating Chinese-speaking people's experiences associated with the words 'sex' and 'sexuality' in the English language. We notice that whenever the elite discourse fails to fully represent the lived experiences of 'the people', their own utterances will demonstrate the creative and subversive potentials of the everyday language. Our research has transformed our understanding of an ever-evolving domain we once tried to capture with the western language of sexuality, and led us to rethink our theoretical positions and methods. We finally arrive at a better understanding of the value and significance of research that engages with people's articulation of their lived experience that might contradict our original position, assumptions and arguments. We wish to caution against the unquestioned privileging of elite discourses produced and distributed from sites of power, and the risk of theoretical imperialism. © 2007 SAGE Publications.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172166
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.673
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.492
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dc.contributor.authorHo, PSYen_US
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dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.citationSexualities, 2007, v. 10 n. 5, p. 623-644en_US
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dc.description.abstractThis article questions our own use of language in representing, articulating, and communicating Chinese-speaking people's experiences associated with the words 'sex' and 'sexuality' in the English language. We notice that whenever the elite discourse fails to fully represent the lived experiences of 'the people', their own utterances will demonstrate the creative and subversive potentials of the everyday language. Our research has transformed our understanding of an ever-evolving domain we once tried to capture with the western language of sexuality, and led us to rethink our theoretical positions and methods. We finally arrive at a better understanding of the value and significance of research that engages with people's articulation of their lived experience that might contradict our original position, assumptions and arguments. We wish to caution against the unquestioned privileging of elite discourses produced and distributed from sites of power, and the risk of theoretical imperialism. © 2007 SAGE Publications.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105771en_US
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dc.rightsSexualities. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.-
dc.subjectChineseen_US
dc.subjectDesireen_US
dc.subjectElite Discourseen_US
dc.subjectEveryday Languageen_US
dc.subjectSexualityen_US
dc.titleLost in translation: Sex and sexuality in elite discourse and everyday languageen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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