Disorderly Discourse: Narrative, Conflict, and Inequality

Paperback | October 10, 1996

EditorCharles Briggs

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Conflict plays a crucial role in social interactions, and representations of conflict are an important aspect of language. Stories and narratives involving everything from war to playground disputes generate, sustain, mediate, and represent conflict at all levels of social organization. Still,despite the vast amount of research on conflict and narrative in a number of disciplines, no one has yet examined how these play off of each other; in fact, most studies treat narrative merely as a source of information about conflict rather then as a part of conflict's process. The contributors tothis collection argue that language consists of socially and politically situated practices that are differentially distributed on the basis of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and other categories. Each of them, writing from the perspective of their own disciplines, challenges previous assumptionsabout narrative and social conflict as they interpret a range of disputes that emerge in a variety of settings. Taken in total, these essays substantially further our theoretical and methodological understanding of narrative and conflict and how they intersect.

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Conflict plays a crucial role in social interactions, and representations of conflict are an important aspect of language. Stories and narratives involving everything from war to playground disputes generate, sustain, mediate, and represent conflict at all levels of social organization. Still,despite the vast amount of research on conf...

Charles Briggs is at University of California, San Diego.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:October 10, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195087771

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"This collection is blessed with an excellent and very thorough introduction as well as a high standard of carefully written, individual essays. It should appeal to a broad readership...will interest those intrigued with broadly philosophical questions about narrative."--AmericanAnthropologist