Disorderly Discourse: Narrative, Conflict, and Inequality

Disorderly Discourse: Narrative, Conflict, and Inequality

by Charles L. Briggs
     
 

Involving everything from war to playground disputes, narratives generate, sustain, mediate, and represent conflict at levels of social organization. Still, despite the vast amount of research that has been conducted on conflict and narrative in a number of disciplines, the way they interrelate has seldom been explored in any depth; in fact, most studies treat… See more details below

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Involving everything from war to playground disputes, narratives generate, sustain, mediate, and represent conflict at levels of social organization. Still, despite the vast amount of research that has been conducted on conflict and narrative in a number of disciplines, the way they interrelate has seldom been explored in any depth; in fact, most studies treat narrative merely as a source of information about conflict rather then as a part of conflict processes. The contributors to this collection argue that language consists of socially and politically situated practices that are differentially distributed on the basis of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and other categories. They draw on new approaches to the study of both discourse and political processes in challenging previous assumptions about narrative and social conflict as they interpret disputes that emerge in a variety of settings in Brazil, Fiji, Crete, Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela. These essays substantially further our theoretical and methodological understanding of narrative and conflict and how they intersect.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195087772
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Series:
Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics Series, #7
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction3
Telling Troubles: Narrative, Conflict, and Experience41
The Trickster's Scattered Self53
Embarrassment as Pride: Narrative Resourcefulness and Strategies of Normativity Among Cretan Animal-Thieves72
Detective Stories at Dinnertime: Problem Solving Through Co-Narration95
Ideological Dissonance in the American Legal System114
Consensus and Dissent in U.S. Legal Opinions: Narrative Structure and Social Voices135
"We Want to Borrow Your Mouth": Tzotzil Marital Squabbles158
Conflict, Language Ideologies, and Privileged Arenas of Discursive Authority in Warao Dispute Mediations204

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