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Literacy, Emotion and Authority : Reading and Writing on a Polynesian Atoll - Niko Besnier

Literacy, Emotion and Authority

Reading and Writing on a Polynesian Atoll

Paperback Published: 23rd October 1995
ISBN: 9780521485395
Number Of Pages: 256

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In this study Niko Besnier analyzes the transformation of the Polynesian community of Nukulaelae from a nonliterate into a literate society, using a contemporary perspective that emphasizes literacy as a social practice embedded in a socio-cultural context. His case study, which has implications for understanding literacy in other societies, illuminates the relationship between norm and practice, between structure and agency, and between group and individual.

"...exceptionally rich in its fine reviews of both theory and case material in the anthropology of literacy, in its deep treatment of the situation on Nukulaelae, and in its demonstration of the way in which attention to literacy permits engagement with major anthropological issues about the construction of person and society. The book is well produced, with glossary and index, and is illustrated with maps and photographs...it would be appropriate in a wide range of upper-division and graduate courses." Journal of Anthropological Research "...Besnier has given us a rich appreciation of how literacy interacts with social categories and communicative processes on Nukulaelae and beyond." Sarah Lund Skar, Anthropological Quarterly "I certainly hope that Besnier's response to this criticism is to say that these data will be the subject of future ethnographic analyses, work that I look forward to wth great interest and high expectations." Richard J. Parmentier, American Anthropologist "Niko Besnier's Literacy, emotion, and authority is a brilliant and painstaking ethnographic study of literacy on Nukulaelae Atoll Tuvalu (formerly the Ellice Islands." Kenneth M. George, Cultural Survival Quarterly "Besnier's volume masterfully negotiates the complexities of textual analysis, meticulous contextualization of literacy practices within a framework of affiliated oral communication." Larry Lake, The Contemporary Pacific "Niko Besnier's Literacy, emotion and authority is abrilliant and painstaking ethnographic study of literacy on Nukulaelae Atoll, Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands)...Niko Besnier has produced a probing and exceedingly useful study of the highest caliber." Kenneth M. George, Cultural Survival Quarterly

Introduction
The ethnographic context
The domains of reading and writing
Letter writing and reading
Letters, economics and emotionality
Between literacy and orality: the sermon
Literacy, truth and authority
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521485395
ISBN-10: 0521485398
Series: Studies in the Social & Cultural Foundations of Language
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 23rd October 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.19  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.37