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Anthropology of Names and Naming

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ISBN-10: 0521848636

ISBN-13: 9780521848633

Edition: 2006

Authors: Barbara Bodenhorn, Gabriele Vom Bruck

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This book is about personal names, something of abiding interest to specialists and lay readers alike. Over a million people have checked the American Name Society website since 1996, for instance. Many philosophers and linguists suggest that names are 'just' labels, but parents internationally are determined to get their children's names 'right'. Personal names may be given, lost, traded, stolen and inherited. This collection of essays provides comparative ethnography through which we examine the politics of naming; the extent to which names may be property-like; and the power of names themselves, both to fix and to destabilize personal identity. Our purpose is not only to renew…    
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Book details

List price: $113.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/24/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Gabriele vom Bruck is currently a lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Previously, she held the post of visiting professor at the #201;cole des Hautes #201;tudes en Sciences Sociales. She has published in a number of leading journals such as Signs and Analles. Additonally, she has been awarded the Studeienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and has completed extended research in the Republic of Yemen.

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