Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

1-2006

Abstract

The 'Self' in late-modernity is never singular but multiplies across different discourses, practices and positions. It is constructed through difference. It is only through a relation to the 'Other' that the 'Self' can be defined. This paper endeavours to map the endless negotiations of my 'Self' as male Australian academic of Chinese descent, a Malaysian citizen, a Bruneian resident, and an Indonesian specialist, over a period of fieldwork in Jakarta in 2004. It discusses how I defined my multiple 'Selves' to different individuals and communities, how they in turn defined me, and how these constructions were always shifting. Depending on the situation, it was my Australian 'Self' that defined me, or my Chinese, or Malaysian, or Bruneian, or even a local Indonesian 'Self' acquired over the period of fieldwork. Using the practice of self-reflexivity, this paper problematises the various dichotomies between the researcher and the researched, Self/Other, insider/outsider, native/foreign and home/away.

Discipline

Asian Studies | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Life Writing

Volume

3

Issue

1

First Page

81

Last Page

102

ISSN

1448-4528

Identifier

10.1080/10408340308518306

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Copyright Owner and License

Author

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1080/10408340308518306

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