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Manners and Meaning in West Sumatra: The Social Context of Consciousness
     

Manners and Meaning in West Sumatra: The Social Context of Consciousness

by Frederick Karl Errington
 
The Minangkabau of West Sumatra have long been prominent in the political, economic, & intellectual life of Indonesia, & they have been studied for their strong Islamic faith & their matrilineality. No one, until now,has examined the fact that they are also avid explainers & interpreters of their own customs & etiquette. This engrossing book explores a culture where

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The Minangkabau of West Sumatra have long been prominent in the political, economic, & intellectual life of Indonesia, & they have been studied for their strong Islamic faith & their matrilineality. No one, until now,has examined the fact that they are also avid explainers & interpreters of their own customs & etiquette. This engrossing book explores a culture where explanation is an art; in so doing, it addresses the question of how meaning is created & expressed within a particular social context. Meaning is, for them, conveyed through signs rather than through symbols.

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ISBN-13:
9780300031591
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1984
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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