Liminal meanings: sexually charged Giriama funerary ritual and unsettled participant frameworks

@article{Mcintosh2005LiminalMS,
  title={Liminal meanings: sexually charged Giriama funerary ritual and unsettled participant frameworks},
  author={J. Mcintosh},
  journal={Language & Communication},
  year={2005},
  volume={25},
  pages={39-60}
}
  • J. Mcintosh
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • Language & Communication
  • Abstract This article analyzes women's obscenity in Giriama funerary songs, and argues that the unresolved meaning of these songs can be characterized in terms of the contests over their participant frameworks. I begin by suggesting a distinction between metapragmatically explicit rituals with clearly established participant frameworks, and metapragmatically opaque rituals characterized by ambiguous and potentially resistant liminal behavior that tends to lack a clear participant framework. The… CONTINUE READING
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