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Dorothy Holland,William Lachicotte Jr.,Debra Skinner,Carole Cain,: Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds

Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds


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This text addresses the central problem in anthropological theory of the late 1990s - the paradox that humans are both products of social discipline and creators of remarkable improvisation. Synthesizing theoretical contributions by Vygotsky, Bakhtin, and Bourdieu, the authors examine the processes by which people create, as well as enact, culturally scripted worlds and their places within them with their caring about the effects of their actions. They emphasize throughout that "identities" are not static but variable and interactive. The ethnographic illumination of this complex theoretical construction comes from vividly described fieldwork in vastly different microcultures: American college women entangled in romance; patients in US mental health facilities; Alcoholics Anonymous members; and women in patriarchal Hindu villages in central Nepal.

A bestseller in England and celebrated as one of the great memoirs in many years, The Road to Nab End is a marvelously evocative Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds download ebook account of growing up poor in a British mill town. From William Woodruff's birth in 1916 (in the carding room of a cotton mill) until he ran away to London at the age of sixteen, he lived in the heart of Blackburn's weaving community in the north of England. But after Lancashire's supremacy in cotton textiles ended with the crash of 1920, his father was thrown out of work. From then on, Billy and his family faced a life blighted by extreme poverty. For the ordinary families of Lancashire, unemployment was an ever-present fear: "If you worked you ate. If there was no work you went hungry." Billy's boyhood was not all misery. Working-class pride and culture made for tight family and neighborhood bonds and added savor to the smallest pleasures in life. Mr. Woodruff writes with an understated lyricism and an eye for telling details that effortlessly pulls us into another time and place.


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Author: Dorothy Holland,William Lachicotte Jr.,Debra Skinner,Carole Cain,
Number of Pages: 368 pages
Published Date: 15 May 2001
Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication Country: Cambridge, Mass, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9780674005624
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