Telling Our Selves: Ethnicity and Discourse in Southwestern Alaska

Paperback | May 1, 1991

byChase Hensel

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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 Bethelresidents 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.

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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.

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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 Bethelresidents suggests that their actual concern is less...

Chase Hensel is at Cambridge University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.25 × 6.18 × 0.63 inPublished:May 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195094778

ISBN - 13:9780195094770

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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.

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"...an important contribution to our understanding of ethnicity...I recommend this book to anyone interested in ethnicity, the peoples of Alaska, hunter-gatherer subsistence patterns, cultural ecology, the relationship between native peoples and non-natives, sociolinguistics, and ethnographyin general."--Notes on Anthropology