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Signs of Recognition: Powers and Hazards of Representation in an Indonesian Society

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Webb Keane argues that by looking at representations as concrete practices we may find them to be thoroughly entangled in the tensions and hazards of social existence. This book explores the performances and transactions that lie at the heart of public events in contemporary Anakalang, on the Indonesian island of Sumba. Weaving together sharply observed narrative, close analysis of poetic speech and valuable objects, and far-reaching theoretical discussion, Signs of Recognition explores the risks endemic in representational practices. An awareness of risk is embedded in the very forms of ritual speech and exchange. The possibilities for failure and slippage reveal people's mutual vulnerabilities and give words and things part of their power. Keane shows how the dilemmas posed by the effort to use and control language and objects are implicated with general problems of power, authority, and agency. He persuades us to look differently at ideas of voice and value. Integrating the analysis of words and things, this book contributes to a wide range of fields, including linguistic anthropology, cultural studies, social theory, and the studies of material culture, art, and political economy.

Synopsis:

"I predict the book will be cited frequently by leaders in the field for some time to come. The analysis is exacting and the scholarship absolutely first-rate."—Kenneth M. George, author of Showing Signs of Violence

"An amazing book. . . . A deeply textured and theoretically engaged ethnographic work [that] challenges the conventional analytic division between verbal and material domains."—John Pemberton, author of On the Subject of "Java"

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-285) and index.

About the Author

Webb Keane is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520204751
Author:
Keane, Webb
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Keane, W.
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Social structure
Subject:
Sumba Island (Indonesia) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Representation
Subject:
Anakalang
Subject:
Anakalang dialect
Subject:
Sumba Island
Subject:
Representation (philosophy)
Subject:
Anakalang (Indonesian people) -
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
v. 1300
Publication Date:
19970231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 photos.
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
8.92x5.99x.83 in. 1.16 lbs.

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"I predict the book will be cited frequently by leaders in the field for some time to come. The analysis is exacting and the scholarship absolutely first-rate."—Kenneth M. George, author of Showing Signs of Violence

"An amazing book. . . . A deeply textured and theoretically engaged ethnographic work [that] challenges the conventional analytic division between verbal and material domains."—John Pemberton, author of On the Subject of "Java"

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