The truth of personal names

Pina-Cabral, J. (2010) The truth of personal names. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 16 (2). pp. 297-312. ISSN 1359-0987. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Portuguese-speakers, when asked about their personal names, often respond with a notion of the ‘truth of’ their names. Basing itself on ethnographic data collected by the author in Macao (southern China), Bahia (Brazil), and Portugal, the article interprets this notion of truth as a form of ontological weighing that postulates the unitariness of the person by reference to a subjection to a bureaucratic order and to a cultural and linguistic universe associated to it.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Person; Names; Brazil; Macau; China
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Joao Pina-Cabral
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 11:59
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2013 12:07
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31204 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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