Eloquence in Trouble

Eloquence in Trouble : The Poetics and Politics of Complaint in Rural Bangladesh

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This is a study of the complaints of medical patients in rural Bangladesh, and how those complaints are connected to and reveal the patient's social world, social relations, sense of self, ideology of language and his/her relation to power. The book also focuses on the current troubles besetting genres of complaint in Bangladesh. Wilce provides the first ethnography of Bangla communication, the first semiotically-oriented book on greater Bengal, and the first attempt to apply critical medical anthropology to Bangladesh.show more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162.6 x 237.7 x 25.9mm | 716.69g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 7 halftones, 4 line drawings
  • 0195106873
  • 9780195106879

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The drama (and melodrama) of rural Bangladeshi life are evoked here with considerable sensitivity to how intensly rural society is bound up with social performance. * Naomi Hossain, Contemporary South Asia (2000) 9(3). * innovative and empirically fascinating ... Eloquence in trouble is an inspiring and richly detailed book * Katy Gardner *show more

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