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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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

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

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Andrew Arno

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1996. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Lau Fijians (OQ06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Recreational and non-therapeutic drugs (276); Conversation (521); Social relationships and groups (571); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Clans (614);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 11

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. oq06-011

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1970-

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1995

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 'ethnographic present' for general information and ca. 1970

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) two villages on Yanuyanu Island, southern Lau group, Fiji

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Fijians


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