Paul Kei Matsuda
Alternative Discourses: A Synthesis

ALT DIS: Alternative Discourses and the Academy (2002)

In this concluding chapter of ALT DIS, a collection of essays exploring alternative discourses from various perspectives, I respond to and synthesize various issues raised by the contributors to this volume from multilingual and interdisciplinary perspectives. I begin by distinguishing alternative and hybrid discourses—alternative discourse is defined in relation to the dominant discourse whereas hybrid discourse refers to the characteristics of the discourse itself. I then join some of the contributors who argue for a flexible view of "alternative," emphasizing that what is alternative in one context is not necessarily alternative in another context. I also point out that the the dominant discourse itself is changing as the academy becomes increasingly multilingual, multicultural and international. I conclude by posing a series of questions for further explorations of the notion of alternative discourses and its implications.

Matsuda, P. K. (2002). Alternative discourses: A synthesis. In C. Schroeder, H. Fox, & P. Bizzell (Eds.), ALT DIS: Alternative discourses and the academy (pp. 191-196). Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Heinemann.

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