Portraits of 'the Whiteman': Linguistic Play and Cultural by Keith H. Basso

By Keith H. Basso

'The Whiteman' is among the strongest and pervasive symbols in modern American Indian cultures. graphics of 'the Whiteman': linguistic play and cultural symbols one of the Western Apache investigates a posh kind of joking within which Apaches level rigorously crafted imitations of Anglo-Americans and, through those characterizations, provide audible voice and visual substance to their conceptions of this so much urgent of social 'problems'. Keith Basso's essay, in keeping with linguistic and ethnographic fabrics accrued in Cibecue, a Western Apache group, presents interpretations of chosen joking encounters to illustrate how Apaches pass approximately making feel of the behaviour of Anglo-Americans. This learn attracts on conception in symbolic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and the dramaturgical version of human verbal exchange constructed via Erving Goffman. even if the assumptions and premises that form those parts of inquiry are held by way of a few to be rather disparate, this research exhibits them to be absolutely suitable and at the same time complementary.

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