Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics, by Besnier, Niko
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- ISBN: 9780824833572 | 0824833570
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 7/30/2009
Although gossip is disapproved of across the world┐s societies, it is a prominent feature of sociality, whose role in the construction of society and culture cannot be overestimated. In particular, gossip is central to the enactment of politics: through it people transform difference into inequality and enact or challenge power structures. Based on the author┐s intimate ethnographic knowledge of Nukulaelae Atoll, Tuvalu, this work uses an analysis of gossip as political action to develop a holistic understanding of a number of disparate themes, including conflict, power, agency, morality, emotion, locality, belief, and gender. It brings together two methodological traditions┐the microscopic analysis of unelicited interaction and the macroscopic interpretation of social practice┐that are rarely wedded successfully.