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dc.contributor.authorHerzfeld, Michael F
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-14T19:37:21Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationHerzfeld, Michael. 2009. “The Performance of Secrecy: Domesticity and Privacy in Public Spaces.” Semiotica 2009 (175) (January). doi:10.1515/semi.2009.044.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0037-1998en_US
dc.identifier.issn1613-3692en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:34353683
dc.description.abstractSecrecy, paradoxically, is a social fact; as such, it must be performed in order to be realized. This article is a programmatic attempt to explore the semiotics of secrecy as revealed through the interaction of architectonics, spatiality, and social interaction. Gestural secretiveness reproduces socially sanctioned patterns of concealment also embodied in the built environment; these social dimensions also inform local interpretations of legal devices designed to guarantee privacy. On the international stage, moreover, they are transformed into devices for the concealment of potential national embarrassments. As the author demonstrates using materials from Greece, Italy, and Thailand, the practical effects of secrecy — a more flexible construct than the dichotomy of public and private — are revealingly inscribed, at various concentric levels of social identification, on the material landscape of inhabited space, and represent a necessary dimension of adapting urban structures to a human scale.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAnthropologyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherWalter de Gruyter GmbHen_US
dc.relation.isversionofdoi:10.1515/semi.2009.044en_US
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dc.subjectsecrecyen_US
dc.subjectspatialityen_US
dc.subjectcultural intimacyen_US
dc.subjectgestureen_US
dc.subjectarchitectonicsen_US
dc.subjectsocial interactionen_US
dc.titleThe performance of secrecy: Domesticity and privacy in public spacesen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionVersion of Recorden_US
dc.relation.journalSemioticaen_US
dash.depositing.authorHerzfeld, Michael F
dc.date.available2017-11-14T19:37:21Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1515/semi.2009.044*
workflow.legacycommentsaa.no. Publisher permits author posting of published article after a 12-month embargo (see http://www.degruyter.com/dg/page/576/repository-policy) FAR 2010en_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedHerzfeld, Michael


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