Publication details [#18057]
Silverstein, Michael and Greg Urban, eds. 1996. Natural histories of discourse. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. viii + 352 pp.
Book – edited volume
Since the early 1970s, the notion of culture-as-text has animated anthropologists and other analysts of culture. The authors present a collection of cutting-edge ethnographies arguing that the divide between fleeting discursive practice and formed text is a constructed one, and that the constructional process reveals "culture" to those who can interpret it. Eleven original essays of "natural history" give an idea of the cultural processes of "entextualization" and "contextualization" of discourse that they so richly illustrate. The contributors' varied backgrounds include anthropology, psychiatry, education, literary criticism, and law, making this collection invaluable not only to anthropologists and linguists, but to all analysts of culture.
Fox, Aaron A. 1999. Review of M. Silverstein and G. Urban (eds.) (1996: 'Natural Histories of Discourse').. Anthropological Linguistics 41 (3) : 400–402.
Kuipers, Joel. 1998. Review of M. Silverstein & G. Urban (eds.) (1996: 'Natural histories of discourse').. Language in Society 27 (4) : 526–529.