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Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics

Niko Besnier


Although gossip is disapproved of across the world’s societies, it is a prominent feature of sociality, whose role in the construction of society and culture cannot be overestimated. In particular, gossip is central to the enactment of politics: through it people transform difference into inequality and enact or challenge power structures. This book uses an analysis of gossip as political action to develop a holistic understanding of a number of disparate themes, including conflict, power, agency, morality, emotion, locality, belief, and gender. It brings together two methodological traditions ... More

Keywords: gossip, politics, power structures, political action, conflict, egalitarianism, inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833381
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833381.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Niko Besnier, author
University of Amsterdam