"Hensel is a superb linguistic anthropologist....It's definitely a significant contribution to the field."William J. de Reuse, University of Arizona
Telling Our Selves: Ethnicity and Discourse in Southwestern Alaskaby 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 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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