Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics

ISBN-10: 0824833570
ISBN-13: 9780824833572
Edition: 2009
Authors: Niko Besnier
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Publication date: 7/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Although gossip is disapproved of across the world¿s societies, it is a prominent feature of sociality, whose role in the construction of society and culture cannot be overestimated. In particular, gossip is central to the enactment of politics: through it people transform difference into inequality and enact or challenge power structures. Based on the author¿s intimate ethnographic knowledge of Nukulaelae Atoll, Tuvalu, this work uses an analysis of gossip as political action to develop a holistic understanding of a number of disparate themes, including conflict, power, agency, morality, emotion, locality, belief, and gender. It brings together two methodological traditions¿the microscopic analysis of unelicited interaction and the macroscopic interpretation of social practice¿that are rarely wedded successfully.

Acknowledgments
Orthography and Transcription Conventions
Gossip, Hegemony, Agency
The World from a Cooking Hut
Hierarchy and Egalitarianism
Morality and the Structure of Gossip
The Twenty-Dollar Piglets
The Two Widows
Sorcery and Ambition
Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics
Notes
References
Index

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