The Transformative Materiality of Meaning-Making

Author: David Parkin

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9781800411463
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Multilingual Matters
Number of pages:
368
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210mm x 148mm
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This book explores verbal and non-verbal communication from a social anthropological viewpoint, drawing on ethnographic data from fieldwork in East Africa. It gives an overview of developments since the 1960s in the anthropology of language use and how these have influenced the author's thinking. The volume makes the argument that language and other forms of communication involve semiotic transactions between interlocuters; that such communicative exchanges do more than convey information; and that they give identity to the recipients of such transactions who reciprocate by defining speakers. The density and situational totality of such semiotic exchange can moreover be regarded as a kind of materiality, both in terms of their impact on social interaction and in how interlocuters interact bodily as well as verbally among themselves.

David Parkin is an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford, UK, where he was a Professor of social anthropology. His research focuses on the coordination of multimodal communication.

Introduction

Part One: Communication as Transaction and Becoming

1. Multilingual Classification to Translingual Ontology: A Turning Point

2. Stabilized and Emergent Multilingualism

3. Language Choice in Two Kampala Housing Estates

4. Language Switching

5. The Creativity of Abuse

6. Exchanging Words

 Part Two: Political and Formulaic Communication

7. Political Language

8. Language, Government and the Play on Purity and Impurity: Arabic, Swahili and the Vernaculars in Kenya

9. Being and Selfhood Among Intermediary Swahili

10. Controlling the U-Turn of Knowledge

11. The Politics of Naming Among the Giriama

Part Three: The Materiality of Language and Communication

12. Unpacking Anthropology: Review Article

13. Revisiting: Key Words, Transforming Phrases and Cultural Concepts

14. Loud Ethics and Quiet Morality Among Muslim Healers in Eastern Africa

15. Reason, Emotion and The Embodiment of Power

16. The Power of Incompleteness: Innuendo in Swahili Women's Dress

17. Simultaneity and Sequencing in The Oracular Speech of Kenyan Diviners

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