Theorizing cultural icons and collective identities

An Iconography of Japanese Identity - Ken Tann

Ken Tann [+-]
The University of Sydney
Ken Tann lectures at the University of Sydney on the application of linguistic research to identity issues in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He adopts an interdisciplinary approach to discourse analysis, and his publications include work on both the English and Japanese languages, particularly in relation to nationalism and identity politics.


This chapter reviews the current understanding in identity theory, and drawing on the work in Japanese and cultural studies, identifies three types of linguistic resources for identity construction: Gemeinschaft that constructs a sense of community, Doxa that constructs shared values and Oracles that constructs shared histories.

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Tann, Ken. Theorizing cultural icons and collective identities. An Iconography of Japanese Identity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Dec 2025. ISBN 9781781793428. Date accessed: 22 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27374. Dec 2025

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