9780226757704-0226757706-Natural Histories of Discourse

Natural Histories of Discourse

ISBN-13: 9780226757704
ISBN-10: 0226757706
Edition: 1
Publication date: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 362 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780226757704
ISBN-10: 0226757706
Edition: 1
Publication date: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 362 pages

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Acknowledged author wrote Natural Histories of Discourse comprising 362 pages back in 1996. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0226757706 and 9780226757704. Since then Natural Histories of Discourse textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 3.39 or rent at the marketplace.

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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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