Arno, Andrew. The world of talk on a Fijian island: an ethnography of law and communication causation

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1 The World Is Talk: Problem, Setting, And Personal Perspective

Wading Ashore

The Search For Cases

The Island

Two Villages

Counter Ethnography

The Art Of Conversation

Talking And Doing

Mapping The World Of Talk

2 Word, World, And Rule: Toward A Theory Of Communicative Causation

Death By Communication: Two Cases

“unscientific” Features Of Communicative Causation

Communication And The Sea Change In Social Science

The Three Worlds, Their Regimes Of Causation, And Their Interrelations

Communication Patterns And Barriers To Communication

3 The Communication System On Yanuyanu: Group-to-group Interactions As Message Flow Patterns

A Wedding Feast

Deciding Which Side To Take

The Wedding As A Communication Event At The Group Level

Group-to-group Patterns: The Turaga And The Vanua

Regional Social Theory And Local History: A Collision Of Discourses

4 The Communication System: The Regulation Of Message Flow Among Individuals On Yanuyanu

Talk As Action And Control

5 Talk And Conflict: The Gossip System And The Kava Networks

Discussing, Telling Stories, Debating, And Joking About Conflict

Lecturing, Criticizing, And Scolding About Conflict

Talk As A Conflict Management System

The Kava Networks

Law And Other Systems Of Social Control

Truth And Power, Reliance And Compulsion: Generating Communicative Causation In The Group

Levels And Cycles In Conflict Management Processes

Conflict Management As A Function Of The Communication System

7 The Power And Pleasures Of Talk: Control Communication, Societal Conflict, And Formative Context

Kinsmen, Chiefs, And Christian Soldiers

The Control Communication Perspective

The Coup As Societal Conflict

Power And Pleasure


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Title: The world of talk on a Fijian island: an ethnography of law and communication causation

Published By: Norwood, N.J.: Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1993. [xx], 167 p.: ill.

By line: Andrew Arno

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1996. Computer File

Culture: Lau Fijians (OQ06)

Subjects: Recreational and non-therapeutic drugs (276); Conversation (521); Social relationships and groups (571); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Clans (614);

Abstract: This study is primarily an exploration of the communication system as an instrument of social inquiry and it provides a detailed ethnographic examination of conflict management on the small island of Yanuyanu in the southern Lau group of Fiji. Focusing on the problem of conflict management in Lau society, Arno explores '...the linkage between everyday communication about conflict, through talk, and other forms of message exchange among individuals and groups, and large scale societal conflicts and the institutions that shape societal change...' (p.xix). In addition Arno combines ethnography and theory, developing in the process a theory of the relationship between conflict and communication that demands ethnography as a theoretical necessity.

Document Number: 11

Document ID: oq06-011

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-161) and indexes

Field Date: 1970-

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1995

Coverage Date: 'ethnographic present' for general information and ca. 1970

Coverage Place: two villages on Yanuyanu Island, southern Lau group, Fiji

LCSH: Fijians


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