Talking Violence

An Anthropological Interpretation of Conversation in the City

Nigel Rapport (Author) 


Talking Violence is a conversational journey around St. John's, reconstructing the repeated discussions about violence heard in bars, cars, courts-of-law, halfway houses, hospitals and the university. Rapport offers an interpretation of these conversations; arguing that language should not be viewed as an instrument of coercion directing its users to the reproduction of a monolithic social structure, but rather as a vehicle of creativeness allowing people to construct local identities for themselves and their own worlds of meaning.

ISERBooks. Softcover. Published in 1987. 224 pages. ISBN 0-919666-56-6. B&w sketches.

$21.95 CAD

Subjects: AnthropologyAtlantic CanadaNewfoundland and Labrador Studies


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