Creating Context in Andean Cultures

Creating Context in Andean Cultures

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A major concern in current anthropological thinking is that the method of recording or translating into writing a society's cultural expressions-dance, rituals, pottery, the social use of space, et al-cannot help but fundamentally alter the meaning of the living words and deeds of the culture in question. Consequently, recent researchers have developed more dialogic methods for collecting, interpreting, and presenting data. These new techniques have yielded much success for anthropologists working in Latin America, especially in their efforts to understand how economically, politically, and socially subordinated groups use culture and language to resist the dominant national culture and to assert a distinct historical identity. This collection addresses these issues of "texts" and textuality as it explores various Latin American languages and more

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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195109147
  • 9780195109146

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Brings into view many far-from-obvious ways in which American peoples have put their societies into logically interesting order before their own eyes through coherent arrays of symbols. It also offers a fascinating tour of the boundary lands between specialized anthropological linguistics and the ethnography of expressive culture. * Anthropological Linguistics *show more

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