Synopses & Reviews
Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture: Clifford Geertz.
5. Winking as Social Business: Jane E. Goodman.
6. Speaking of Ethnography: Leila Monaghan.
7. The Emergent Quality of Performance: Richard Bauman.
8. Poetics, Play, Process, and Power: The Performative Turn in Anthropology: Dwight Conquergood.
9. Narrative Lessons: Elinor Ochs.
10. Greetings in the Desert: Ibrahim Ag Youssouf, Allen D. Grimshaw, and Charles S. Bird.
11. Let Your Words Be Few: Symbolism of Speaking and Silence among Seventeenth-Century Quakers: Richard Bauman.
12. “To Give Up on Words”: Silence in Western Apache Culture: Keith Basso.
13. What We Need Is Communication: “Communication” as a Cultural Category in Some American: Speech: Tamar Katriel and Gerry Philipsen.
14. Writing Cousin Joe: Choice and Control Over Orthographic Representation in a Blues Singer’s Autobiography: Harriet Joseph Ottenheimer.
15. Talking Culture: Ethnography and Conversation Analysis: Michael Moerman.
Part II: Ethnography of Talk: From Language Form to Social Solidarity.
16. The Triangle of Linguistic Structure: Robin Tolmach Lakoff.
17. The Grammar of Politics and the Politics of Grammar: From Bangladesh to the United States: James Wilce.
18. Conversations: The Link between Words and the World: Leila Monaghan.
19. Conversational Signals and Devices: Deborah Tannen.
20. A Cultural Approach to Male--Female Miscommunication: Daniel N. Maltz and Ruth A. Borker.
21. Preface and “Put Down that Paper and Talk to Me!”: Rapport-talk and Report-talk: Deborah Tannen.
22. Swearing: Lars Andersson and Peter Trudgill.
23. Swearing as a Function of Gender in the Language of Midwestern American College Students: Thomas E. Murray.
Part III: Communication and Social Groups: The Work of Belonging.
24. Speech Communities: R. A. Hudson.
25. Encounters: Erving Goffman.
26. Symbols of Category Membership: Penelope Eckert.
27. Word Up: Social Meanings of Slang in California Youth Culture: Mary Bucholtz.
28. Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls: Rachel Simmons.
29. Sporting Formulae in New Zealand English: Two Models of Male Solidarity: Koenraad Kuiper.
30. Inner-City Teens and Face-Work: Avoiding Violence and Maintaining Honor: Robert Garot.
31. Speech Play: John Holmes McDowell.
32. “If I’m Lyin, I’m Flyin”: The Game of Insult in Black
Starting from the premise that interpersonal communication is inseparable from culture, this collection moves beyond traditional approaches to the subject by foregrounding the ways in which interpersonal relationships emerge through culturally mediated language practices. Drawing on ethnographic material, A Cultural Approach to Interpersonal Communication introduces students to the rich and varied communicative practices of social communities around the world. Readings explore interpersonal interactions in an internationally diverse range of settings, such as the use of slang in California high schools, the application of sign language in a church for the Deaf, Tuareg greetings in the Sahara, everyday verbal encounters on American city streets, the speech of male rugby players in New Zealand, and the language of aggression among Mississippi girls. This engaging and innovative volume also provides sample assignments that will give students the conceptual and practical tools to develop their own ethnographic research on language practices.
Starting from the premise that interpersonal communication is inseparable from culture, this collection moves beyond traditional approaches to the subject by foregrounding the ways in which interpersonal relationships emerge through culturally mediated language practices. Proposes a new approach to interpersonal communication, based in ethnography and performance. Features ethnographic articles that are inviting and accessible to beginning students. Explores interpersonal interactions in a range of settings: from high school slang in California to sign language use in a deaf church, from Tuareg greetings in the Sahara to the language of aggression among Mississippi girls. Includes articles with detailed transcripts of conversation that students can analyze. Provides students with conceptual and practical tools to develop their own ethnographic research on language practices.
Starting from the premise that interpersonal communication is inseparable from culture, this collection moves beyond traditional approaches to the subject by foregrounding the ways in which interpersonal relationships emerge through culturally mediated language practices.
About the Author
"Monaghan and Goodman have put together a rich course book for training would-be ethnographers. The book is a must-read, and I recommend it to both students and teachers of ethnography and ethnomethodology."
Journal of Folklore Research
“Monaghan and Goodman have assembled a treasure trove – a rich source of insight into the key role of culture in understanding interpersonal communication.”
Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University
“This outstanding text delivers the original language of top-notch scholars in a format that undergraduates will find both manageable and inspiring. My first choice for a culturally oriented introduction to interpersonal communication.”
Benjamin Bailey, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors.
Preface for Instructors.
Acknowledgments to Sources.
Introduction: Jane E. Goodman and Leila Monaghan.
Part I: Ethnographer’s Toolkit.
1. Body Ritual among the Nacirema: Horace Miner.
2. Culture Blends: Michael Agar.
3. Five Principles: Richard Bauman.