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Portraits of 'The Whiteman': Linguistic Play and Cultural Symbols Among the Western Apache

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'The Whiteman' is one of the most powerful and pervasive symbols in contemporary American Indian cultures. Portraits of 'the Whiteman': linguistic play and cultural symbols among the Western Apache investigates a complex form of joking in which Apaches stage carefully crafted imitations of Anglo-Americans and, by means of these characterizations, give audible voice and visible substance to their conceptions of this most pressing of social 'problems'. Keith Basso's essay, based on linguistic and ethnographic materials collected in Cibecue, a Western Apache community, provides interpretations of selected joking encounters to demonstrate how Apaches go about making sense of the behaviour of Anglo-Americans. This study draws on theory in symbolic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and the dramaturgical model of human communication developed by Erving Goffman. Although the assumptions and premises that shape these areas of inquiry are held by some to be quite disparate, this analysis shows them to be fully compatible and mutually complementary.

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Drawing on current theory in symbolic anthropology and sociolinguistics, this interpretive essay investigates a complex form of joking based on material collected in a Western Apache community wherein Apaches stage carefully crafted imitations of Anglo-Americans.

Synopsis:

An investigation of 'The Whiteman', one of the most powerful and pervasive symbols in contemporary American Indian cultures.

Synopsis:

This study draws on current theory in symbolic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and the dramaturgical model of human communication developed by Erving Goffman. Although the assumptions and premises that shape these areas of inquiry are held by some to be quite disparate, this analysis shows them to be fully compatible and mutually complementary.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dell Hymes; Preface; 1. Indian models of 'the Whiteman'; 2. Cibecue and whitemen; 3. Joking imitations of Anglo-Americans: interpretive functions; 4. Joking imitations of Anglo-Americans: social functions; 5. Changing portraits of 'the Whiteman'; Appendix; Notes; References.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521295932
Author:
Basso, Keith H.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
North American
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Humor
Subject:
Apache wit and humor -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Western Apache language.
Subject:
Joking relationships.
Subject:
Apache wit and humor
Subject:
Indios de Amâerica del Norte
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
Linguistics
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 519
Publication Date:
19790831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.20x5.50x.46 in. .41 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Drawing on current theory in symbolic anthropology and sociolinguistics, this interpretive essay investigates a complex form of joking based on material collected in a Western Apache community wherein Apaches stage carefully crafted imitations of Anglo-Americans.
"Synopsis" by , An investigation of 'The Whiteman', one of the most powerful and pervasive symbols in contemporary American Indian cultures.
"Synopsis" by , This study draws on current theory in symbolic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and the dramaturgical model of human communication developed by Erving Goffman. Although the assumptions and premises that shape these areas of inquiry are held by some to be quite disparate, this analysis shows them to be fully compatible and mutually complementary.
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