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See detailLanguage and territorialization: Food consumption and the creation of urban Indigenous space
Patrick, Donna; Shaer, Ben; Budach, Gabriele UL

in Semiotic Review (2017), 5

In this paper we analyze two March 2010 events in Ottawa, Canada involving the preparation and consumption of seal-meat: one an Inuit seal feast, held at a Inuit community center, in which raw seal was ... [more ▼]

In this paper we analyze two March 2010 events in Ottawa, Canada involving the preparation and consumption of seal-meat: one an Inuit seal feast, held at a Inuit community center, in which raw seal was carved and eaten in accordance with traditional Inuit practices; the other a “seal lunch”, held in the Parliamentary Dining Room for Members of Parliament, in support of the Canadian seal-hunt. Methodologically, we make use of both participatory action research and detailed textual analysis of media reports, and frame our analysis in terms of moral geographies, social and cultural values associated with food, and meaning-making systems embedded in discourses, which serve to construct and constitute particular power relations. Doing so leads us to claim that the two seal-meal events drew on and conveyed radically different meanings. The Inuit meal, though not overtly political, represented an act of food sovereignty and a claim to Inuit territoriality in the city. The Parliamentary seal lunch, by contrast, had a clear political aim, as a form of protest against the European Union decision to ban seal meat and other products. Yet, while purporting to support Inuit seal-hunting, the Parliamentary meal effectively communicated the utter foreignness of seal meat and Inuit foodways with respect to Western tastes and discourses about food and environmentalism—a fact that emerges through our ethnographic and media analysis of the two seal lunch events. [less ▲]

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See detailObjects and language in transcontextual communication
Kell, Cathy; Patrick, Donna; Budach, Gabriele UL

in Social Semiotics (2015), 25(4), 387-532

Contributions to this special issue explore the role of objects and language in communication across contexts from interdisciplinary angles, including sociolinguistics, education, anthropology and ... [more ▼]

Contributions to this special issue explore the role of objects and language in communication across contexts from interdisciplinary angles, including sociolinguistics, education, anthropology and sociology. The case studies range from medical to educational settings and investigate how meaning is constructed and projected withing and across contexts. [less ▲]

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See detail"Talk around objects": designing trajectories of belonging in an urban Inuit community
Budach, Gabriele UL; Patrick, Donna; Mackey, Teevi

in Social Semiotics (2015), 25(4), 446-464

In this study, we present findings from a collaborative ethnographic study with urban Inuit in Ottawa, Canada. We investigate “talk around objects” as a meaningful learning activity and a prism of human ... [more ▼]

In this study, we present findings from a collaborative ethnographic study with urban Inuit in Ottawa, Canada. We investigate “talk around objects” as a meaningful learning activity and a prism of human-object relationships. Focusing on Inuit clothing – namely the Inuit-made parka (winter coat) and amauti (a traditional Inuit baby carrier) – we examine the impact of everyday objects on social interaction, with a particular emphasis on the effects of materiality on talk. More specifically, we explore the role of objects and object design in mobilizing particular forms of narratives, which project meaning across contexts of time, space, activity, and generations. Accordingly, we conceptualize the impact of objects as “joins” in trans-contextual meaning-making and point to their significance in Inuit learning and in serving to shape human-object relationships. We see the contribution of this article to this special issue as twofold. Not only does it explore “talk around objects” as an instance of coagency, in which humans and objects contribute jointly to the shaping of talk; but it also emphasizes the role of objects as “joins”, enabling and sustaining the connection of people with each other and with the environment, within and across contexts. Such a perspective relates to post-human theory, which considers the agency of things in social interaction, while acknowledging an Inuit worldview, which rejects anthropocentrism. [less ▲]

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Budach, Gabriele UL; Kell, Cathy; Patrick, Donna

in Social Semiotics (2015), 25(4), 387-400

The text reviews critically the absence of a perspective on materiality (and objects) in most current sociolinguistic research. The authors discuss what an object-oriented perspective can offer for ... [more ▼]

The text reviews critically the absence of a perspective on materiality (and objects) in most current sociolinguistic research. The authors discuss what an object-oriented perspective can offer for humanities and social science research. Highlighting the role of objects in human interaction, they identify three types of objects (bounded, boundary and bonding) that have emerged from the case studies in this volume as playing a crucial part in trans-contextual meaning making. [less ▲]

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