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Speaking Culturally: Explorations in Social Communication

Speaking Culturally: Explorations in Social Communication

by Gerry Philipsen


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Speaking Culturally presents case studies of two cultures, focusing on how speaking is thematized and enacted in each. The Teamsterville culture is drawn from the author’s studies of the spoken life of an urban, working-class neighborhood in Chicago, while the Nacirema culture draws upon studies of communication among middle-class Americans, primarily on the West Coast.

Using fieldwork conducted over a period of twenty years, Philipsen shows how listening to a people’s spoken life can reveal expressions of underlying codes—or social rhetorics—of what it means to be a person, how persons can and should be linked together in social relations, and how communication can and should be used in interpersonal conduct. From these studies of speaking in two cultures emerges an understanding of communication as an activity in which people not only draw from and express but also shape and fashion their understandings of self, society, and strategic action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791411636
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 11/01/1992
Series: SUNY series, Human Communication Processes Series
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Gerry Philipsen is Associate Professor of Speech Communication at the University of Washington.

Table of Contents


Part One: Introduction

1. Speaking in Its Cultural Context

Part Two: Speaking in Teamsterville Culture

2. Place and Personae in Teamsterville Speaking

3 Mayor Daley's Council Speech

Part Three: Speaking in Nacirema Culture

4. "Communication" as a Nacirema Way of Speaking (with Tamar Katriel)

5. Joanna Kramer's Identity Crisis

Part Four: Speech Codes

6. Speech Codes in Two Cultures

7. Speaking Culturally



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