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Published: 10 October 1996

256 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195087772

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Disorderly Discourse

Narrative, Conflict, and Inequality

Edited by Charles Briggs

Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics

Conflict plays a crucial role in social interactions, and stories and narratives involving everything from war to playground disputes generate, sustain, mediate, and represent conflict at all levels of social organization. Still, no one has yet examined how narrative and social conflict play off of each other. The contributors to this 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 essay interprets a range of disputes that emerge in a variety of settings, challenging previous assumptions. Taken in total, these essays substantially further our theoretical and methodological understanding of narrative and conflict and how they intersect.

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