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Finnegan, Ruth H.

Works: 115 works in 466 publications in 3 languages and 10,423 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Folklore  Genealogy  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Author, Researcher, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, ed, Other, Compiler
Classifications: PL8010, 780.942
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ruth H Finnegan
Oral literature in Africa by Ruth H Finnegan( Book )
51 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This revised edition makes Finnegan's ground-breaking research available to the next generation of scholars. It includes a new introduction, additional images, and an updated bibliography, as well as original chapters on poetry, prose, 'drum language' and drama, and an overview of the social, linguistic and historical background of oral literature in Africa." - back cover
The hidden musicians : music-making in an English town by Ruth H Finnegan( )
19 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and held by 1,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A classic ethnography reveals the worlds of amateur musicians. Back in print with a new preface
Oral poetry : its nature, significance, and social context by Ruth H Finnegan( Book )
34 editions published between 1977 and 1992 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oral traditions and the verbal arts : a guide to research practices by Ruth H Finnegan( Book )
21 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Provides up-to-date guidance on how to approach the study of oral forms and their performances, examining both the practicalities of fieldwork and the methods by which oral texts and performances can be observed, collected and analysed
A World treasury of oral poetry by Ruth H Finnegan( Book )
6 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Communicating : the multiple modes of human interconnection by Ruth H Finnegan( Book )
21 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In "Communicating", the anthropologist Ruth Finnegan considers the many and varied modes through which we humans communicate and the multisensory resources we draw on. The book uncovers the amazing array of sounds, sights, smells, gestures, looks, movements, touches and material objects which humans use so creatively to interconnect both nearby and across space and time - resources consistently underestimated in those Western ideologies that prioritise "rationality" and referential language. Focusing on embodied and material processes, and on practice rather than text, this comparative analysis counters the cognitive and word-centred emphases of many current accounts of communication. With examples from many cultures and historical periods, Finnegan draws together research in anthropology, sociolinguistics, cultural studies, cultural history and animal communication to highlight the multidimensional character of human communicating. A useful transdisciplinary overview for researchers and advanced students in anthropology, communication and cultural studies, this book should interest anyone with an interest in the remarkable ways we communicate
Limba stories and story-telling by Ruth H Finnegan( Book )
10 editions published between 1967 and 1981 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sources and methods for family and community historians : a handbook by Michael Drake( Book )
16 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First published in 1994
Modes of thought; essays on thinking in Western and non-Western societies by Robin Horton( Book )
9 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Penguin book of oral poetry by Ruth H Finnegan( Book )
12 editions published between 1978 and 1982 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tales of the city : a study of narrative and urban life by Ruth H Finnegan( Book )
9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why do we quote? the culture and history of quotation by Ruth H Finnegan( )
14 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This fascinating book examines the ways in which we quote today and the curious history of how quoting became part of our everyday lives. Quoting provides a link to our loved ones ("as my mother used to say..."), to our religious and literary heritage, to past wisdom and to current attitudes. It can also be irritating, patronising, pedantic and, in some cases, illegal. Ruth Finnegan's meticulous study sheds new light on how quoting has been used in visual, oral and written traditions around the world. It is an enjoyable and engrossing read for anyone interested in language, culture and literature, and makes us rethink our ideas about originality, authorship and plagiarism"--Publisher's description
Literacy and orality : studies in the technology of communication by Ruth H Finnegan( Book )
10 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and Italian and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From family tree to family history ( Book )
14 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"With its aim of placing individual and localized cases in their social and historical context, this accessible and innovative series will stimulate and develop personal research in family and community history." "This volume moves from a focus on individual families to the broader patterns revealed by recent research on population, household structures, domestic economies, family relationships, and family myths."--Jacket
The oral and beyond : doing things with words in Africa by Ruth H Finnegan( Book )
12 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ruth Finnegan examines the verbal arts in Africa and looks at whether the image of Africa as the 'oral' continent stands up to a more comparative and critical approach to 'orality' and performance
New approaches to economic life : economic restructuring, unemployment and the social division of labour by Bryan R Roberts( Book )
11 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
South Pacific oral traditions ( Book )
7 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Conceptions of inquiry : a reader by Stuart C Brown( Book )
17 editions published between 1981 and 1989 in English and Dutch and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Survey of the Limba people of northern Sierra Leone by Ruth H Finnegan( Book )
12 editions published in 1965 in English and Undetermined and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Participating in the knowledge society : researchers beyond the university walls by Ruth H Finnegan( Book )
7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"It provides a startling rebuttal of the conventional notion that the university is the primary site for knowledge production or that 'research' can and should be delimited within academically policed boundaries. The most creative and untrammelled researching today may be outside the universities, among other things exploiting the dialogic space of the Internet to bypass traditional academic controls over the production and validation of knowledge." "This interdisciplinary and transhistorical volume will interest - and challenge - all readers concerned with the theory and practice of higher education and lifelong learning; the organisation of research; the sociology and history of knowledge; and the implications and research of 'the knowledge society'."--BOOK JACKET
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Alternative Names
Finnegan, R. H.
Finnegan, Ruth.
Finnegan, Ruth 1933-
Finnegan, Ruth H.
Finnegan, Ruth H. 1933-
Finnegan, Ruth Hilary.
Finnegan, Ruth Hilary 1933-
Murray, Ruth Finnegan
Murray, Ruth H. Finnegan.
Murray, Ruth H. Finnegan 1933-
Murray, Ruth Hillary
フィネガン, ルース
English (297)
Italian (4)
Dutch (1)