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Leeds-Hurwitz (communication, Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside) brings together studies in semiotics, language and social interaction, intercultural communication, ritual, identity, and material culture with a method of ethnography of communication and a theory of social constructionism. She chose to study intercultural weddings because both subjects--weddings and intercultural marriages--have been ignored in studies of rituals. The author identifies four key concepts: community, ritual, identity, and meaning. Each chapter is preceded by an "interlude" that presents the relevant details of a specific case, and then generally discusses those specific key concepts. Leeds-Hurwitz contends that each wedding is a unique presentation of a common ritual, with each couple combining whatever symbolic resources are available to create a unique variant of the ritual. The author explores four types of intercultural marriages: interracial, interethnic, interfaith, and interclass. Of interest to library collections in semantics, semiotics, communication (particularly intercultural communication), and social interaction in general. For specialists, there are theoretical and methodological appendixes, which might encourage other scholars to undertake such studies. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. Y. Rynn University of Scranton
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