Portraits of the Whiteman: Linguistic Play And Cultural Symbols Among The Western Apache by Keith H. BassoPortraits of the Whiteman: Linguistic Play And Cultural Symbols Among The Western Apache by Keith H. Basso

Portraits of the Whiteman: Linguistic Play And Cultural Symbols Among The Western Apache

byKeith H. Basso

Paperback | August 31, 1979

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'The Whiteman' is one of the most powerful and pervasive symbols in contemporary American Indian cultures. Portraits of 'the Whiteman': linguistic play and cultural symbols among the Western Apache investigates a complex form of joking in which Apaches stage carefully crafted imitations of Anglo-Americans and, by means of these characterizations, give audible voice and visible substance to their conceptions of this most pressing of social 'problems'. Keith Basso's essay, based on linguistic and ethnographic materials collected in Cibecue, a Western Apache community, provides interpretations of selected joking encounters to demonstrate how Apaches go about making sense of the behaviour of Anglo-Americans. This study draws on theory in symbolic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and the dramaturgical model of human communication developed by Erving Goffman. Although the assumptions and premises that shape these areas of inquiry are held by some to be quite disparate, this analysis shows them to be fully compatible and mutually complementary.
Title:Portraits of the Whiteman: Linguistic Play And Cultural Symbols Among The Western ApacheFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:144 pages, 8.27 × 5.83 × 0.35 inShipping dimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.35 inPublished:August 31, 1979Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521295939

ISBN - 13:9780521295932

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Table of Contents

Foreword Dell Hymes; Preface; 1. Indian models of 'the Whiteman'; 2. Cibecue and whitemen; 3. Joking imitations of Anglo-Americans: interpretive functions; 4. Joking imitations of Anglo-Americans: social functions; 5. Changing portraits of 'the Whiteman'; Appendix; Notes; References.

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This study draws on current theory in symbolic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and the dramaturgical model of human communication developed by Erving Goffman. Although the assumptions and premises that shape these areas of inquiry are held by some to be quite disparate, this analysis shows them to be fully compatible and mutually complementary.

Editorial Reviews

'Ethnographers are not the only ones who do ethnography and Portraits of 'the Whitemen' presents the most subtle evidence that this is so far for North American Indians. It is absolutely at the cutting edge of developments in mutual understanding, to say nothing of the fact that it is superb anthropology.' Alfonso Ortiz