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Names and Nunavut
culture and identity in the Inuit homeland
VerfasserIn: Alia, Valerie
Verfasserangabe: Valerie Alia
Jahr: 2009
Verlag: New York, Berghahn Books Inc
Mediengruppe: Buch
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"...a thought-provoking book. Alia lays out the intricacies of Inuit naming so clearly, describes the Arctic environment so vividly, and conveys such a rich sense of Inuit values, concerns, and humour that readers are likely to hunger for more information and to pose ethnographic and on mastic questions that press forward the horizons of Inuit ethnography. Names and Nunavut is a welcome addition to Arctic ethnography and should be of interest not only to linguists and anthropologists working in the Arctic but to anyone interested in the relationship between onomasty, personhood, and cosmology and to anyone looking for fresh insights to the micropractices of linguistic and onomastic colonialism." * NAMES A Journal of Onomastics
 
"Embedded within this nuanced and extraordinarily well-researched account of the political onomastics (the politics of naming) involved with Inuit (colonial) history are an abundance of theoretical, ethical and political insights into both the complex nature of the Inuit and their evolving engagement with Qallunaat (non-Inuit, Euro-Canadian), as well as the complex nature of engaging in such research. This publication, refreshing in its focus on extensive local community research, delves into the complicated dynamic between colonial administration and its effects on the culture and identity of the Inuits. * British Journal of Canadian Studies
 
On the surface, naming is simply a way to classify people and their environments. The premise of this study is that it is much more - a form of social control, a political activity, a key to identity maintenance and transformation. Governments legislate and regulate naming; people fight to take, keep, or change their names. A name change can indicate subjugation or liberation, depending on the circumstances. But it always signifies a change in power relations. Since the late 1970s, the author has looked at naming and renaming, cross-culturally and internationally, with particular attention to the effects of colonisation and liberation. The experience of Inuit in Canada is an example of both. Colonisation is only part of the Nunavut experience. Contrary to the dire predictions of cultural genocide theorists, Inuit culture - particularly traditional naming - has remained extremely strong, and is in the midst of a renaissance. Here is a ground-breaking study by the founder of the discipline of political onomastics. (Verlagstext)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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List of Figures | vii
Preface | ix
Acknowledgements | xvi
Notes on Spelling, Translation and Transliteration | xvii
List of Abbreviations | xx
 
 
Introduction: Towards a Theory of Political Onomastics | 1
 
 
Chapter 1:
The Importance of Names in Inuit Culture | 17
 
 
Chapter 2:
Visiting, Colonial Style: From Early Days of Cultural Intervention to the Cold War | 39
 
 
Chapter 3:
Renamed Overnight: the History of Project Surname | 65
 
 
Chapter 4:
"The people who love you": Contemporary Perspectives on Naming in Nunavut | 91
 
 
Chapter 5:
Homelands and Diasporas: Concluding Thoughts on the Politics of Naming | 121
 
 
Chronology of Key Events and Developments in Nunavut and the Circumpolar North | 145
Glossary | 151
Bibliography | 153
Index | 167
 
 
 
 
Details
VerfasserIn: Alia, Valerie
VerfasserInnenangabe: Valerie Alia
Jahr: 2009
Verlag: New York, Berghahn Books Inc
Systematik: GS.EP, FS.E
Interessenkreis: Englisch [Sprache]
ISBN: 978-1-8454-5165-3
2. ISBN: 1-8454-5165-1
Beschreibung: 172 S.
Sprache: Englisch
Fußnote: Literaturangaben
Mediengruppe: Buch