Vehicles: Cars, Canoes, and Other Metaphors of Moral Imagination
ISBN: 1785337513
EAN13: 9781785337512
Language: English
Publication Date: Oct 1, 2017
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Metaphor, as an act of human fancy, combines ideas in improbable ways to sharpen meanings of life and experience. Theoretically, this arises from an association between a sign--for example, a cattle car--and its referent, the Holocaust. These sign-vehicles serve as modes of semiotic transportation through conceptual space. Likewise, on-the-ground vehicles can be rich metaphors for the moral imagination. Following on this insight, Vehicles presents a collection of ethnographic essays on the metaphoric significance of vehicles in different cultures. Analyses include canoes in Papua New Guinea, pedestrians and airplanes in North America, lowriders among Mexican-Americans, and cars in contemporary China, Japan, and Eastern Europe, as well as among African-Americans in the South. Vehicles not only carry people around, but also carry how they are understood in relation to the dynamics of culture, politics and history.

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