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PORTRAIT OF 'THE WHITEMAN' - Linguistic play and cultural symbols among the Western Apache


Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge/London/New York/Melbourne, 1979
ISBN 10: 0521295939 / ISBN 13: 9780521295932
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Titel: PORTRAIT OF 'THE WHITEMAN' - Linguistic play...

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge/London/New York/Melbourne

Erscheinungsdatum: 1979

Einband: Paperback

Zustand: Good copy

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Cover illustrated

Auflage: 1st edition.


With a foreword by Dell Hymes. Illustrations by Vincent Craig. Contents: 1). Indian models of 'the Whiteman'. 2). Cibecue and whitemen. 3). Joking imitations of Anglo-Americans: interpretive functions. 4). Joking imitations of Anglo-Americans: social functions. 5). Changing portraits of 'the Whiteman'. With appendix, notes and references. Keith Hamilton Basso is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist noted for his study of the Western Apaches (specifically those from the community of Cibecue, Arizona) since 1959. He currently teaches anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Dell Hathaway Hymes (1927 - 2009) was a linguist, sociolinguist, anthropologist, and folklorist who established disciplinary foundations for the comparative, ethnographic study of language use. His research focused upon the languages of the Pacific Northwest. He was one of the first to call the fourth subfield of anthropology 'linguistic anthropology' instead of 'anthropological linguistics'. The terminological shift draws attention to the field's grounding in anthropology rather than in what, by that time, had already become an autonomous discipline (linguistics). In 1972 Hymes founded the journal 'Language in Society' and served as its editor for 22 years. XXI + 120 pag. Size: 21cmx13,5cm. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 027462

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Inhaltsangabe: 'The Whiteman' is one of the most powerful and pervasive symbols in contemporary American Indian cultures. Portraits of 'the Whiteman': linguistic play and cultural symbols among the Western Apache investigates a complex form of joking in which Apaches stage carefully crafted imitations of Anglo-Americans and, by means of these characterizations, give audible voice and visible substance to their conceptions of this most pressing of social 'problems'. Keith Basso's essay, based on linguistic and ethnographic materials collected in Cibecue, a Western Apache community, provides interpretations of selected joking encounters to demonstrate how Apaches go about making sense of the behaviour of Anglo-Americans. This study draws on theory in symbolic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and the dramaturgical model of human communication developed by Erving Goffman. Although the assumptions and premises that shape these areas of inquiry are held by some to be quite disparate, this analysis shows them to be fully compatible and mutually complementary.

Inhaltsangabe: Drawing on current theory in symbolic anthropology and sociolinguistics, this interpretive essay investigates a complex form of joking based on material collected in a Western Apache community wherein Apaches stage carefully crafted imitations of Anglo-Americans.

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