Ordering Burgers, Reordering Relations: Gestural Interactions Between Hearing and d/Deaf Nepalis

Title:
Ordering Burgers, Reordering Relations: Gestural Interactions Between Hearing and d/Deaf Nepalis
Authors:
Hoffmann-Dilloway, Erika
Abstract:
This article analyzes gestural interactions between hearing and d/Deaf Nepalis to argue that local understandings of the consequences of these engagements make visible ways of ideologizing gesture that may be obscured by the gestural typologies widely used by scholars. In Nepal, d/Deafness is associated with ritual pollution that can be shared across persons. Consequently, the use of gesture in a communicative interaction can both presuppose the presence of a polluted d/Deaf body and creatively index the transmission of that pollution to a hearing interlocutor. By the same token, gesturally engaging with Deaf persons can index “modern” rejection of belief in ritual pollution on the part of the hearing participant. While many scholarly typologies of gesture focus on form and decontextualized reference, the pragmatic effects of gesture derived from and contributing to differently positioned personhoods are more significant in local ideologies in Nepal.
Citation:
Hoffmann-Dilloway, Erika. 2011. "Ordering Burgers, Reordering Relations: Gestural Interactions Between Hearing and d/Deaf Nepalis." Pragmatics 21(3): 373-391.
Publisher:
International Pragmatics Association
DATE ISSUED:
2011
Department:
Anthropology
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1075/prag.21.3.04hof
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309583

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dc.contributor.authorHoffmann-Dilloway, Erikaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:12:43Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:12:43Zen
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.identifier.citationHoffmann-Dilloway, Erika. 2011. "Ordering Burgers, Reordering Relations: Gestural Interactions Between Hearing and d/Deaf Nepalis." Pragmatics 21(3): 373-391.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1018-2101en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309583en
dc.description.abstractThis article analyzes gestural interactions between hearing and d/Deaf Nepalis to argue that local understandings of the consequences of these engagements make visible ways of ideologizing gesture that may be obscured by the gestural typologies widely used by scholars. In Nepal, d/Deafness is associated with ritual pollution that can be shared across persons. Consequently, the use of gesture in a communicative interaction can both presuppose the presence of a polluted d/Deaf body and creatively index the transmission of that pollution to a hearing interlocutor. By the same token, gesturally engaging with Deaf persons can index “modern” rejection of belief in ritual pollution on the part of the hearing participant. While many scholarly typologies of gesture focus on form and decontextualized reference, the pragmatic effects of gesture derived from and contributing to differently positioned personhoods are more significant in local ideologies in Nepal.en_US
dc.publisherInternational Pragmatics Associationen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1075/prag.21.3.04hofen_US
dc.subject.departmentAnthropologyen_US
dc.titleOrdering Burgers, Reordering Relations: Gestural Interactions Between Hearing and d/Deaf Nepalisen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalPragmaticsen_US
dc.identifier.volume21en_US
dc.identifier.issue3en_US
dc.identifier.startpage373en_US
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