Noriko Inagaki, PhD, MA, MDiv, ThM, BA
Honorary Research Fellow
Department of Media and Cultural Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX
Noriko Inagaki completed her PhD at King’s College London in 2007. She is currently an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck and a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster. On the practical side, as well as teaching Japanese, she works as a freelance interpreter and as an assessor for interpreting exams for the public services.
Her PhD thesis “Linguistic politeness beyond Modernity” is a critical reconsideration of current politeness theories.In her thesis, she identified the underlying structure/agency dilemma and problematic modernist theoretical assumptions within politeness theories and has attempted to develop an alternative postmodern approach to politeness drawing upon three theorists - Pierre Bourdieu, Erving Goffman and Hans-Georg Gadamer. She moved around linguistics, social psychology, anthropology, social theory and hermeneutics in her thesis. She is currently editing her thesis for publication.
Noriko’s research draws widely from sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, anthropology, narrative approach, sociology, social theory and hermeneutics. She also works in the area of language pedagogy, language testing and community interpreting. Her research has recently developed a ‘psycho-social’ focus. She is currently working on a research project ‘Globalisation, women and identity: the migration of unmarried Japanese women to the UK’ in which she explores the psycho-social dilemma of unmarried Japanese women who have chosen to abandon their homeland.