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Stanford University Press. Stanford, California. 1990. First Edition - ISBN-0-8047-1692-7;. pages vi + 505 pages + index; hardcover in dust jacket, protected; 24cm x 16.5cm x 4.5cm; mint condition new. ISBN 9-8047-1692-7 The papers in this book examine disentangling activities in ten Pacific Societies in Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands (Santa Isabel and Malaita), Western Samoa, Nukulaelae (Tuvalu), Fiji, Vanuatu. Part I: INTRODUCTION: Disentangling Discourse, Part II: MIND EMOTION, AND THERAPEUTIC DISCOURSE - Emotion Talk and Social Inference: Disentangling in Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands, Ho'oponopono: A Hawaiian method of solving interpersonal problems, Shaping the mind and straightening out conflicts: The discourse of Kwara'ae family counselling, Dramatic Gestures: The Fiji Indian Pancayat as therapeutic event, Part III: CONFLICT, AMBIGUITY, AND THE RHETORIC OF INDIRECTION: - Disentangling indirectly: The Joking Debate in Fijian Social Control, Conflict management, gossip and affective meaning on Nukulaelae, Allegory and Inference: Intentional ambiguity in Managalase negotiations, Part IV: TANGLED DISPUTES AND STRAIGHT TALK - Straight talk on Tanna, Getting it straight in Trobriand Island, Land Litigation, Doing things with words: Conflict, understanding, and change in a Samoan Fono, Part V: EPILOGUE - The power of talk.

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