Talk and Practical Epistemology: The Social Life of Knowledge in a Caribbean Community

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 255 pages
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Drawing on the methods of conversation analysis and ethnography, this book sets out to examine the epistemological practices of Indo-Guyanese villagers as these are revealed in their talk and daily conduct. Based on over eighty-five hours of conversation recorded during twelve months of ethnographic fieldwork, the book describes both the social distribution of knowledge and the villagers' methods for distinguishing between fact and fancy, knowledge and belief through close analyses of particular encounters. The various chapters consider uncertainty and expertise in advice-giving, the cultivation of ignorance in an attempt to avoid scandal, and the organization of peer groups through the display of knowledge in the activity of reminiscing local history. An orienting chapter on questions and an appendix provide an introduction to conversation analysis. The book makes a contribution to linguistic anthropology, conversation analysis and cross-cultural pragmatics. The conclusion discusses the implications of the analysis for current understanding of practice, knowledge and social organization in anthropology and neighboring disciplines.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
10
Knowledge and talkininteraction
19
CHAPTER 3
41
CHAPTER 4
59
The vernacular
75
CHAPTER 6
93
Uncertainty and expertise in advice
107
CHAPTER 7
131
CHAPTER 8
145
CHAPTER 9
159
Knowledge belief and action
187
APPENDIX
207
Notes
223
References
239
Index
253
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Jack Sidnell is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto.

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