Telling Our Selves : Ethnicity and Discourse in Southwestern Alaska
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.
- Electronic book text | 233 pages
- 20 Feb 1997
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
"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