The presentations in this panel will explore the different ways in which the theory of dialogical self can be employed to meaningfully theorize about the relationship between culture and identity in a world where the global and the local grate against each other, the first and third world spaces are constantly colliding and the postmodern discourses of the fragmentation of self and the general cultural uncertainty produced by such global changes seem to pervade our everyday living. In particular, the presentations will focus on: (1) the various dialogical underpinnings of a discursive construction of the interaction between person and culture in a postmodern world; (2) the ways in which the dialogical relationship between culture and identity needs to be reconceptualized in light of the spread of global contexts, movement of labor, people, ideas, commodities, artifacts across international borders; (3) the formation and emergence of (a) cultural voice(s) in a person and the range of dialogical relationships between these different voices; (4) the specific way in which a methodology based on the theory of dialogical self can be used to examine the diverse representations of self-other relationships in multiple cultural contexts.


Discussant: Mark Tappan, Colby College, Waterville (ME), USA


Shi-xu, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Northern Ireland (UK)
The person and culture as a discursive space: The dialogical self in late modernity


Sunil Bhatia, Connecticut College, USA
Shifting identities, transforming cultures: Dialogical self in a global world


Ingrid Josephs, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands
'The Hopi in me': The construction of a voice in the dialogical self
from a cultural psychological perspective


Michael Mascolo, Girishwar Misra & Tiffany Clement, Merrimack College, USA
The dialogical construction of selves in the US and urban India