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The dynamism of plurals: an essay on equivocal compatibility

Pina-Cabral, Joao (2010) The dynamism of plurals: an essay on equivocal compatibility. Social Anthropology (Journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists), 18 (2). pp. 176-190. ISSN 0964-0282. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8676.2010.00100.x)

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In ethnographic accounts equivocation is often read as error. To the contrary, in this paper I give an example of a situation of equivocal compatibility from fieldwork among Eurasians in Macao (southern China) during the early 1990s. In the course of intersubjective interaction, a creative process occurs of successive transformation of the pertinent angles of identification and differentiation. The use of the first person plural is a constant mode of producing and altering identification and differentiation in such away that what is singular and what is plural is constantly being re-assessed. This dynamism of plurals both elicits response from the persons involved in the interaction and marks the world that surrounds them. The aim of the paper is to explore how belief relates with identity in a dynamic way that is mutually constitutive.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1469-8676.2010.00100.x
Uncontrolled keywords: equivoque, person, Macao, ethnicity, plural, compatibility
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 12:04 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 09:28 UTC
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