By Webb Keane

Webb Keane argues that via representations as concrete practices we could locate them to be completely entangled within the tensions and risks of social lifestyles. This publication explores the performances and transactions that lie on the middle of public occasions in modern Anakalang, at the Indonesian island of Sumba. Weaving jointly sharply saw narrative, shut research of poetic speech and beneficial items, and far-reaching theoretical dialogue, Signs of Recognition explores the dangers endemic in representational practices. An knowledge of threat is embedded within the very types of ritual speech and trade. the chances for failure and slippage show people's mutual vulnerabilities and provides phrases and issues a part of their strength. Keane exhibits how the dilemmas posed via the trouble to take advantage of and keep watch over language and gadgets are implicated with basic difficulties of energy, authority, and organisation. He persuades us to seem in a different way at rules of voice and price. Integrating the research of phrases and issues, this ebook contributes to quite a lot of fields, together with linguistic anthropology, cultural reports, social idea, and the experiences of fabric tradition, paintings, and political economy.

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