Infinity within the brackets

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    The ethnographic subjects of this article are UN-sponsored international conferences and their legal documents. Drawing upon fieldwork among Fiji delegates at these conferences, in this article I demonstrate the centrality of matters of form, as distinct from questions of "meaning," in the negotiation of international agreements. A parallel usage of documents and of mats among Fijian negotiators provides a heuristic device for exploring questions of pattern and scale in the aesthetics of negotiation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)378-398
    Number of pages21
    JournalAmerican Ethnologist
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


    • Aesthetics
    • Documents
    • Institutions
    • Knowledge
    • Law
    • Transnationalism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology


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