Cultural and politico-religious challenges impacting critical reading of text for Iranian postgraduates in Australia

Shokouhi, Hossein and Zaini, Amin 2020, Cultural and politico-religious challenges impacting critical reading of text for Iranian postgraduates in Australia, Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, pp. 1-22, doi: 10.1075/aral.19082.sho.

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Title Cultural and politico-religious challenges impacting critical reading of text for Iranian postgraduates in Australia
Author(s) Shokouhi, HosseinORCID iD for Shokouhi, Hossein orcid.org/0000-0003-3266-869X
Zaini, Amin
Journal name Australian Review of Applied Linguistics
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing Company
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2020-09-17
ISSN 0155-0640
1833-7139
Summary This study investigates the impact of cultural and politico-religious dominance on the practice of critical reading (CR) of texts by a group of Iranian postgraduate students in Australia. Four postgraduate students were interviewed individually four times (each time for reading one text) for critical understanding of two pairs of Persian texts, each with opposing viewpoints, on current socio-political and nationalistic debates of Iran. They were then involved in a focus group discussion for further critique of each other’s viewpoints. Findings indicate two major Persian constructs that influence CR: hefz-e zaaher ‘keeping up appearances’ and ta’sob/gheyrat, approximating to ‘one’s honor combined with prejudice and bigotry’. Findings also reveal that participants’ CR is contributed by heavy emotional attachment to nationalistic views engendered by Persian poetry. Chafe (1982) , too, found that emotional attachment in appraising text was true with American English speakers. Finally, the focus group discussion had a slight impact on encouraging CR. Overall, it seems that participants’ repositioned journeys in Australia have influenced their perspective.
Language eng
DOI 10.1075/aral.19082.sho
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Field of Research 1702 Cognitive Sciences
2004 Linguistics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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