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Learning How to Ask: A Sociolinguistic Appraisal of the Role of the Interview in Social Science Research
Foreword Aaron V. Cicourel Preface 1. Introduction 2. The setting: Mexicano society and Cordova, New Mexico 3. Interview techniques vis-a-vis native metacommunicative repertoires or, on the analysis
Scholars have vacillated for centuries between two opposing assessments of the role of poetics in social life. A long tradition of thinking about language and society argues that verbal art provides
Voices of Modernity: Language Ideologies and the Politics of Inequality
1. Introduction 2. Making language safe for science and society: from Francis Bacon to John Lock 3. Antiquaries and philologists: the construction of modernity and its others in seventeenth- and
Genre, Intertextuality, and Social Power
This article addresses the relationship between discourse, textual and social order, and power by means of an examination of the concept of genre. It begins with a critical review of the way genre
Communicability, Racial Discourse, and Disease
AbstractThis review proposes a model for analyzing the power of ideologies of communication in producing subjectivities, organizing them hierarchically, and recruiting people to occupy them. By way
Stories in the Time of Cholera: Racial Profiling during a Medical Nightmare
  • C. Briggs
  • Political Science, Medicine
  • 2 December 2002
In Stories in the Time of Cholera, Briggs and Mantini-Briggs describe how various narratives constructed by health officials, the media, the Warao, and others influenced, even determined, how the authorities dealt with the epidemic.
Anthropology, Interviewing, and Communicability in Contemporary Society
  • C. Briggs
  • Sociology
    Current Anthropology
  • 1 August 2007
Developing an anthropology of interviewing could provide a rich focus for ethnographies of the contemporary and illuminate how anthropologists’ modes of knowledge production intersect with practices
Theorizing modernity conspiratorially: Science, scale, and the political economy of public discourse in explanations of a cholera epidemic
When some five hundred people in eastern Venezuela died from cholera in 1992–93, officials responded by racializing the dead as “indigenous people” and suggesting that “their culture” was to blame.