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LINGUIST List 21.3018

Wed Jul 21 2010

Books: Anthropological Linguistics: Locke

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Allison Finkel, Eavesdropping: Locke

Message 1: Eavesdropping: Locke
Date: 15-Jul-2010
From: Allison Finkel <allison.finkeloup.com>
Subject: Eavesdropping: Locke
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Title: Eavesdropping
Subtitle: An Intimate History
Published: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.us.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Linguistics/SociolinguisticsAnthropologicalL/?view=

Author: John L. Locke
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199236138 Pages: 288 Price: U.S. $ 27.95 Comment: £16.99 UK
Abstract:

Who among us hasn't eavesdropped on a stranger's conversation in a theater
or restaurant? Indeed, scientists have found that even animals eavesdrop on
the calls and cries of others. In Eavesdropping, John Locke provides the
first serious look at this virtually universal phenomenon. Locke's
entertaining and disturbing account explores everything from
sixteenth-century voyeurism to Hitchcock's "Rear Window;" from chimpanzee
behavior to Parisian café society; from private eyes to Facebook and
Twitter. He uncovers the biological drive behind the behavior and
highlights its consequences across history and cultures. Eavesdropping can
be a good thing--an attempt to understand what goes on in the lives of
others so as to know better how to live one's own. Even birds who listen in
on the calls of distant animals tend to survive longer. But Locke also
concedes that eavesdropping has a bad name. It can encompass cheating to
get unfair advantage, espionage to uncover secrets, and secretly monitoring
emails to maintain power over employees. In the age of CCTV, phone
tapping,
and computer hacking, this is eye-opening reading.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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