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Talking Violence

An Anthropological Interpretation of Conversation in the City

By Nigel Rapport
Categories: Anthropology/ethnography, Cultural Studies, Newfoundland And Labrador Studies
Series: Social and Economic Studies
Series Number: 34
Paperback : 9780919666566, 224 pages, January 1987


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.