Signifying Acts: Structure and Meaning in Everyday Life

Signifying Acts: Structure and Meaning in Everyday Life

Signifying Acts: Structure and Meaning in Everyday Life

Signifying Acts: Structure and Meaning in Everyday Life

Synopsis

The theme of Signifying Acts is that social acts are created by human agents engaging in signifying gestures and eliciting determined responses- from which flow a number of consequences. This theme is developed by a critical synthesis of various strands of early and contemporary thought in symbolism, meaning, language, and grammar. These strands have been classified as pragmatism and interactionism, structuralism and grammatical theory Perinbanayagam brings together for the first time the writings of G. H. Mead and his followers, who label their efforts "symbolic interactionism," and the recent developments in the philosophical and anthropological studies of mind and meaning. Through his wide-ranging analysis, he demonstrates the sociological relevance of Chomsky, Derrida, and Searle and particularizes their contributions to a more comprehensive theoretical framework. The interdisciplinary scope of his thesis recalls Ernest Becker's Birth and Death of Meaning,and his stylistic flair will stimulate readers at all levels of sophistication.
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