Magda Stroinska (ed.), Relative
culture. New York: Berghahn
Books, 2001. Pp.xii, 228. Hb $69.95, Pb $25.00.
At first glance, the title of this book seems
to index major themes of linguistic anthropology; however, it
is published as volume 6 in a cultural studies series. Its
contributors' interests range from linguistics through
the expanse of humanities, illustrating how eclectic and
interdisciplinary contemporary research in area of language
and culture has become. The editor, Magda Stroinska, begins
this volume with a brief overview of several themes recurring
throughout: linguistic relativity, the search for universals,
cross-cultural identity, globalization, and translatability.
The research presented here analyzes interactions among language,
behavior, and context as they emerge in several areas of current
concern. These include metaphors and their use in speech, as well
as discourses on topics such as gender and marriage, science
versus postmodernism, internationalized business, politics,
nationalism, study abroad experiences, emotion, and religion.
The authors examine data from various sources, including original
speech data, data first discussed elsewhere, literature, and media.
Five thematic sections of two chapters each comprise this edited
(Received July 17 2002)