By Danièle M. Klapproth
Narrative as Social Practice units out to discover the advanced and engaging interrelatedness of narrative and tradition. It does so via contrasting the oral storytelling traditions of 2 largely divergent cultures - Anglo-Western tradition and the imperative Australian tradition of the Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Aborigines. Combining discourse-analytical and pragmalinguistic methodologies with the views of ethnopoetics and the ethnography of conversation, this booklet offers a hugely unique and fascinating learn of storytelling as an essential communicative task on the center of socio-cultural existence.
The publication is anxious with either theoretical and empirical matters. It engages seriously with the theoretical framework of social constructivism and the suggestion of social perform, and it deals severe discussions of the main influential theories of narrative recommend in Western considering. Arguing for the adoption of a communication-oriented and cross-cultural standpoint as a prerequisite for making improvements to our figuring out of the cultural variability of narrative perform, Klapproth provides exact textual analyses of Anglo-Western and Australian Aboriginal oral narratives, and contextualizes them with admire to different storytelling practices, values and worldviews in either cultures. Narrative as Social Practice deals new insights to scholars and experts within the fields of narratology, discourse research, cross-cultural pragmatics, anthropology, folklore examine, the ethnography of communique, and Australian Aboriginal stories.
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