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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
Story, Performance, and Event: Contextual Studies of Oral Narrative
Acknowledgments Note on the texts 1. Introduction: story, performance, and event 2. 'Any man who keeps more'n one hound'll lie to you': a contextual study of expressive lying 3. 'We was always
Verbal Art as Performance
Departing from text-centered perspectives on verbal art, an approach is developed to verbal art as performance, derived from recent work in folklore, the ethnography of speaking, sociolinguistics,
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
Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display
"Throwing open to debate the practices of museums, galleries, and festivals, Exhibiting Cultures probes the often politically charged relationships among aesthetics, contexts, and implicit
Regimes of Language: Ideologies, Polities, and Identities
In Regimes of Language, ten leading linguistic anthropologists integrate two often segregated domains: politics (without language) and language (without politics). Their essays contribute to an
Folklore, cultural performances, and popular entertainments : a communications-centered handbook
This collection of thirty-seven entries selected from the more than 550 that make up the International Encyclopedia of Communications focuses on expressive forms and practices that are popular and
Differential Identity and the Social Base of Folklore
of their discipline chiefly as the study of 'special groups'-age groups, occupational groups, groups living in certain regions of the country [and groups identified] by national or ethnic origin."2