By James M. Wilce

Eloquence in hassle captures the articulation of numerous stricken lives in Bangladesh in addition to the threats to the very genres in their expression, lament particularly. the 1st ethnography of 1 of the main spoken mom tongues on the earth, Bangla, this examine represents a brand new method of issues speak, combining the rigor of discourse research with the interpretive intensity of mental anthropology. Its cautious transcriptions of Bangladeshi problems speak will disturb a few readers and circulate others--beyond prior educational dialogue of personhood in South Asia.

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And, "the religious convictions of the 'disprivileged' reflected an implicit protest against their worldly fate" (Scott 1990: 157). It is not difficult at all to perceive the resistant subtext in, say, an African-American spiritual song, in which religious conviction takes on a decidedly mis-worldly tone. Even within an extended family in Bangladesh, a disgruntled member's complaint can take on mctatheological overtones, as though the trouble itself is a way of distinguishing the teller from recipients of the troubles talk.

No, if your body gets weak ... how much can happen! —People say "mad," that's 68 what they say ... ] with anyone, that is, 1 don't get upset. ] nothing comes of it, whoever says they're mad. Don't 70 they say "mad, mad"?

Theirs is a mode of production and sociality in which forms of wealth must be transportable (keeping them to a minimum) and status distinctions minimized. The symbolic-material economy and concomitant flexibility of social order sharply distinguishes Australian Aboriginal society from Bangladeshi society. The question of talking rights in Bangladesh should be approached empirically. When I argue that Bangladeshis do value the opportunity to tell their own stories and do resent interruptions, I appeal to evidence internal to the transcribed interactions themselves.

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