An Anthropology of Indirect Communication

1st Edition

Joy Hendry, C.W. Watson

Routledge
Published March 15, 2001
Reference - 320 Pages
ISBN 9780415247450 - CAT# RU22231
Series: ASA Monographs

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Summary

Sometimes we convey what we mean not by what we say but by what we do. This type of indirect communication is sometimes called 'indirection'. From patent miscommunication, through potent ambiguity to pregnant silence this incisive collection examines from a rare anthropological perspective the many aspects of indirect communication. From a Mormon Theme Park to carnival time on Montserrat the contributors analyse indirection by illustrating how food, silence, sunglasses, martial arts and rudeness call constitute powerful ways of conveying meaning. An Anthropology of Indirect Communication is an engaging text which provides a challenging introduction to this subject.

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