Natural Histories of Discourse

Silverstein Michael Urban Greg
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... Read More
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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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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 0226757706
ISBN-13 9780226757704
GTIN-13 9780226757704
GTIN-14 09780226757704
Author Silverstein Michael|Urban Greg
Edition 2
Language Code eng
Page Count 362
Publication Date Jul 14, 1996
Dimension 6.07 in 9.05 in 0.78 in