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Signs of Recognition Powers and Hazards of Representation in an Indonesian Society

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ISBN-10: 0520204751

ISBN-13: 9780520204751

Edition: 1997

Authors: Webb Keane

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Webb Keane argues that by looking at representations as concrete practices we may find them to be thoroughly entangled in the tensions and hazards of social existence. This book explores the performances and transactions that lie at the heart of public events in contemporary Anakalang, on the Indonesian island of Sumba. Weaving together sharply observed narrative, close analysis of poetic speech and valuable objects, and far-reaching theoretical discussion,Signs of Recognitionexplores the risks endemic in representational practices. An awareness of risk is embedded in the very forms of ritual speech and exchange. The possibilities for failure and slippage reveal people's mutual…    
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

A Note on Orthography, Transcription, and Vocabulary
Introduction: Representation, Recognition, and Hazard
Geography, History, and Sociality
Things of Value
Loaded Terms
Text, Context, and Displacement
Voices, Agents, and Interlocutors
Formality and the Economy of Signs
Subjects and the Vicissitudes of Objects