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Body Talk and Cultural Identity in the African World Equinox Publishing
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The body is a site bearing multiple signs of cultural inscriptions. People's postures, use of space, dress codes, speech particularities, facial expressions, tone qualities, gaze, and gestures are codes that send messages to observers. These messages differ across cultures and times. Some of these non-verbal messages are taken to be conscious or subconscious projection of a sense of personal or collective identity. The various forms of "body talk" may flag personal distinction, style, uniqueness or politics, in which case, the body and its presentations become stances of the self. Different from this, body talk may exhibit a society's or culture's standardized norms of valuation with respect to what conforms or deviates from expectations.The subject of this anthology is non-verbal communication signals with contributing studies from societies and cultures of Africa and African Diaspora. The goals are to document popular gestures, explore their meanings, and understand how they frame interactions and colour perception. The anthology is also aimed at offering interdisciplinary perspectives on the problematics of non-verbal communication by making sense of the various ways that different cultures speak without "voice", and to examine how people and groups make their presence felt as social, cultural and political actors.Some of the contributions include case studies, descriptive codification, theoretical analyses and performative studies. The issues highlighted range from film and literature studies, gender studies, history, religion, popular cultural, and extends to the virtual space. Other studies provide a linguistic treatment of non-verbal communication and use it as means of explicating perception and stereotyping.
Sealed with Blood University of Pennsylvania Press
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Sealed with Blood War, Sacrifice, and Memory in Revolutionary America Sarah J. Purcell "A valuable contribution to our understanding of the relationship between the American revolution and national identity in the early republic."--Journal of the Early Republic "Thoughtful and engaging...Purcell's book effectively demonstrates the transformation in the political language and discourse surrounding wartime military sacrifice."--American Historical Review "This book examines what Sarah J. Purcell calls the military memory of the War of American Independence in American life...She convincingly contends that the experience of war from 1775 to 1783 and the selective memory of that experience figure largely in Americans' understanding of the nation they created...A sophisticated exploration of the diverse uses to which dramatic war experiences could be put."--Military History "Not only a significant contribution to the field; it is also a good read." --North Carolina Historical Review "A substantial contribution to the scholarship in early republic cultural and political history, and in many ways an exemplary study of public memory because of its wide vision, its attentiveness to context, and its careful delineation of change over time."--David Waldstreicher, author of In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820 The first martyr to the cause of American liberty was Major General Joseph Warren, a well-known political orator, physician, and president of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts. Shot in the face at close range at Bunker Hill, Warren was at once transformed into a national hero, with his story appearing throughout the colonies in newspapers, songs, pamphlets, sermons, and even theater productions. His death, though shockingly violent, was not unlike tens of thousands of others, but his sacrifice came to mean something much more significant to the American public. Sealed with Blood reveals how public memories and commemorations of Revolutionary War heroes, such as those for Warren, helped Americans form a common bond and create a new national identity. Drawing from extensive research on civic celebrations and commemorative literature in the half-century that followed the War for Independence, Sarah Purcell shows how people invoked memories of their participation in and sacrifices during the war when they wanted to shore up their political interests, make money, argue for racial equality, solidify their class status, or protect their personal reputations. Images were also used, especially those of martyred officers, as examples of glory and sacrifice for the sake of American political principles. By the midnineteenth century, African Americans, women, and especially poor white veterans used memories of the Revolutionary War to articulate their own, more inclusive visions of the American nation and to try to enhance their social and political status. Black slaves made explicit the connection between military service and claims to freedom from bondage. Between 1775 and 1825, the very idea of the American nation itself was also democratized, as the role of "the people" in keeping the sacred memory of the Revolutionary War broadened. Sarah J. Purcell teaches history at Grinnell College. Early American Studies 2002 | 288 pages | 6 x 9 | 15 illus. ISBN 978-0-8122-3660-6 | Cloth | $49.95s | GBP32.50 ISBN 978-0-8122-2109-1 | Paper | $24.95s | GBP16.50 World Rights | American History Short copy: "An exemplary study of public memory because of its wide vision, its attentiveness to context, and its careful delineation of change over time."--David Waldstreicher, author of In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820
Beads and Beadmakers Berg Publishers
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Beads have been used since antiquity, not only to dress the body, but as measures of value in economic and ritual exchanges. Their popularity has never waned, and in recent years their trade has enjoyed a world-wide revival. Beads have deep and multiple meanings: in many cultures, together with garments, they reflect age, gender and social status, and are a vehicle through which people store, exchange and transmit wealth.This absorbing book analyzes techniques and gendered aspects of the making of beads, as well as their role in trade and body adornment, in a wide range of societies, from the ancient Mediterranean to Renaissance Venice and present-day Southern Africa and West Africa, where they have become a symbol of cultural survival and identity. Anyone interested in material culture, anthropology, art history, and gender studies will find that this book provides fascinating insights into attitudes toward the body and its dress as well as systems of social classification.
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