The fields of communication and cultural studies have turned to investigating the relations among power, culture, and identity. Shame and Recovery is a critical ethgraphy, using postcolonial and poststructural perspectives in particular, of communication and cultural identity construction in a shelter for Asian women in Chicago. The cultural codes, values, and symbols of hor and shame illuminate the ways in which Asian women experiencing marital abuse and violence construct their identities. This ethgraphy also examines the process of recovery through the reconstruction of identity in the shelter. Shame and Recovery reflects on the politics and practices of religious faith as a paradoxical site of cultural control and transformation.
The Author: K. E. Supriya is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to several articles in multidisciplinary and field-based journals, she has contributed to book chapters on identity including her essay contribution to the book I've Got a Story to Tell (Peter Lang, 1999). Supriya was a Fellow at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1998-1999), for the theme Cultures of Knowledge.