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Telling Our Selves: Ethnicity and Discourse in Southwestern Alaska
     

Telling Our Selves: Ethnicity and Discourse in Southwestern Alaska

by Chase Hensel
 

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In this book, Chase Hensel examines how Yup'ik Eskimos and non-natives construct and maintain gender and ethnic identities through strategic talk about hunting, fishing, and processing. Although ethnicity is overtly constructed in terms of either/or categories, the discourse of Bethel residents suggests that their actual concern is less with whether one is native

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In this book, Chase Hensel examines how Yup'ik Eskimos and non-natives construct and maintain gender and ethnic identities through strategic talk about hunting, fishing, and processing. Although ethnicity is overtly constructed in terms of either/or categories, the discourse of Bethel residents suggests that their actual concern is less with whether one is native or non-native, than with how native one is in a given context. In the interweaving of subsistence practices and subsistence discourse, ethnicity is constantly recreated.

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"A unique, sparkling piece of work that should attract wide attention."—Anthony Woodbury, University of Texas, Austin

"Hensel is a superb linguistic anthropologist....It's definitely a significant contribution to the field."—William J. de Reuse, University of Arizona

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ISBN-13:
9780195094763
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Series:
Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics Series , #5
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.89(d)

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