An Anthropology of Indirect Communication (A.S.a. by Joy Hendry

By Joy Hendry

Occasionally we express what we suggest now not via what we are saying yet by way of what we do. this kind of oblique conversation is usually known as 'indirection'. From patent miscommunication, via powerful ambiguity to pregnant silence this incisive assortment examines from an extraordinary anthropological standpoint the various features of oblique conversation. From a Mormon topic Park to carnival time on Montserrat the individuals examine indirection by means of illustrating how meals, silence, sun shades, martial arts and rudeness name represent robust methods of conveying that means. An Anthropology of oblique communique is an interesting textual content which gives a tough advent to this topic.

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1980) Life Among the Poor in Cairo, London: Tavistock. Woolf, V. (1980) Orlando, London: Granada. Zaslavsky, V. (1982) The Neo-Stalinist State, New York: Sharpe. Chapter 2 On the ontological status of honour Roger Just In working in the Kiriwinian language, I found still some difficulty in writing down the statement directly in translation which at first I used to do in the act of taking notes. The translation often robbed the text of all its significant characteristics – rubbed off all its points – so that gradually I was led to note down certain important phrases just as they were spoken, in the native tongue.

For all I know, my actions and character might have been dissected in those terms after the event, but the event itself, though largely verbal, did not employ any particular vocabulary. My recognition of it (even perhaps my misrecognition of it – for we must keep that possibility open) as being to do with ‘honour’ did not rely on the enunciation of any particular word or words. 2 Second, as I have already suggested, inasmuch as the whole episode on the quay (as I understood it) was concerned with the social necessity (though in my case, failure) of individuals to assert their possession of personal virtue (in this case bravery or fearlessness), I too, as an Australian or an Englishman or whatever, was in the grip of that necessity.

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