Natural Histories of Discourse
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Description: Is culture simply a more or less set text we can learn to read? Since the early 1970s, the notion of culture-as-text has animated anthropologists and other analysts of culture. Michael Silverstein and Greg Urban present this stunning collection of cutting-edge ethnographies arguing that the divide between fleeting discursive practice and formed text is a constructed one, and that the constructional process reveals "culture" to those who can interpret it. Eleven original essays of "natural history" range in focus from nuptial poetry of insult among Wolof griots to case-based teaching methods in first-year law-school classrooms. Stage by stage, they give an idea of the cultural processes of "entextualization" and "contextualization" of discourse that they so richly illustrate. The contributors' varied backgrounds include anthropology, psychiatry, education, literary criticism, and law, making this collection invaluable not only to anthropologists and linguists, but to all analysts of culture.
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Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/15/1996
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|Acknowledgments The Natural History of Discourse|
|Entextualization, Replication, and Power|
|Text from Talk in Tzotzil|
|The Secret Life of Texts|
|Exorcism and the Description of Participant Roles|
|Socialization to Text: Structure and Contradiction in Schooled Literacy|
|Recontextualization as Socialization: Text and Pragmatics in the Law School Classroom|
|The Construction of an LD Student: A Case Study in the Politics of Representation|
|National Spirit or the Breath of Nature? The Expropriation of Folk Positivism in the Discourse of Greek Nationalism|
|Transformations of the Word in the Production of Mexican Festival Drama|
|List of Contributors|