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Looking back from the centre: Experiences and perspectives of Italian academics living/working abroad
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1948-1775
2014 (English)In: The Semiperiphery of Academic Writing: Discourses, Communities and Practices / [ed] Karen Bennett, London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 148-162 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Negretti’s chapter (chapeter 8) discusses the many contradictory characteristics of the Italian academic reality, caught in the paradox between peripheral practices and internationalization: traditional discourses and practices coexist with the post-Bologna effort to acquire international recognition, while the lack of funds and jobs pushes many to leave. In her chapter, Negretti explores the individual experiences of three Italian academics living abroad and publishing in the humanities, whose discourse is culturally and epistemologically rooted in non-Anglophonic traditions. Through in-depth interviews, their experiences with the Italian academia and the challenges posed by discursive practices associated to academic genres in English are explored. Their voices suggest a strong awareness of differences in academic cultures, and a conscious effort in balancing different discursive resources when writing in English.

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London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 148-162 p.
Keyword [en]
English for Academic purposes, professional discourse, language and globalization, language and ethics
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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English; Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106527DOI: 10.1057/9781137351197ISI: 000344018500009ISBN: 978-1-137-35119-7 (print)ISBN: 978-1-137-35118-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-106527DiVA: diva2:736955
Available from: 2014-08-11 Created: 2014-08-11 Last updated: 2014-12-16Bibliographically approved

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