Signs In Society

Overview

Richard Parmentier takes up Ferdinand de Saussure’s challenge to study the
"life of signs in society" by using semiotic tools proposed by Charles Sanders Peirce. He studies how semiotic theory can illuminate highly complex social and cultural practices.

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Overview

Richard Parmentier takes up Ferdinand de Saussure’s challenge to study the
"life of signs in society" by using semiotic tools proposed by Charles Sanders Peirce. He studies how semiotic theory can illuminate highly complex social and cultural practices.

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253327574
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Series: Advances in Semiotics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD J. PARMENTIER, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University, is the author of The Sacred Remains: Myth, History, and Polity in Belau and articles on Pacific ethnography, anthropological linguistics, and semiotic theory.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part I Foundations of
Peircean Semiotics

1
Peirce Divested for Nonintimates
Sign,
Object, and Interpretant
Symbols and Legisigns
Language and Logic
The
Trichotomies
Scientific Knowledge and Cultural
Belief

2
Peirce’s Concept of Semiotic Mediation
The
Fundamental Model of Semiotic Mediation
Semiotic Mediation and the Correlates of the
Sign
Thirdness as Mediation
Sign as Medium of Communication

Part
II Signs in Ethnographic Context

3
Transactional Symbolism in Belauan
Mortuary Rites
Responses to Death
Initial Funeral Transactions
Burial
Practices
Final Transactions
Conclusion

4
The Political
Function of Reported Speech
Authoritative Speech
Ethnographic
Context
Ngiraklang’s Speech to the Council
Metapragmatic Elements in the
Speech
Textual Pragmatics

Part III Comparative Perspectives on
Complex Semiotic Processes

5
Tropical Semiotics
Levels of
Semiosis
Collectivizing and Differentiating Sybolization
Convention and
Innateness
Obviational Exchange
Tropes and Narrative
Foi Cultural
Semiotics

6
The Semiotic Regimentation of Social Life
Social
Action and Semiotic Text
Content and Type in Ritual Performativity
Institutional
Regimentation of Touristic Experience
Ideological Regimentation in
Advertising

Part IV Social Theory and Social
Action

7
Comparison, Pragmatic, and Interpretation
Models and
Strategies of Comparison
Comparative Philosophy of Religion as a
Discipline
Comparison and Interpretation as Practical Reason
Directions for Future
Research

8
Naturalization of Convention
Arbitrariness and
Motivation
Naturalization in Social Theory
Naturalization and Conventionalization in Social
Reality
Conclusion

Notes
References
Index

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