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Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology) [Paperback]

By Fenella Cannell (Author), Meyer Fortes (Editor) & Edmund Leach (Editor)
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What kind of reciprocity exists between unequal partners? How can a culture which makes no attempt to defend unchanging traditions be understood as such? In the Christian Philippines, inequalities - global and local - are negotiated through idioms of persuasion, reluctance and pity. Fenella Cannell's study suggests that these are the idioms of a culture which does not need to represent itself as immutable. Her account of Philippine spirit-mediumship, Catholicism, transvestite beauty contests, and marriage in Bicol calls for a reassessment of our understanding of South-East Asian modernity. Combining a strong theoretical interest in the anthropology of religion with a broader comparative attention to recent developments in South-East Asian studies, she offers an alternative to existing interpretations of the relationship between culture and tradition in the region and beyond. This book addresses not only South-East Asianists, but all those with an interest in the anthropology of religion and post-colonial cultures.

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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Pages   312
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.97" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   1.22 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 15, 2007
Publisher   Cambridge University Press
ISBN  0521646227  
ISBN13  9780521646222  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Fenella Cannell is Lecturer in Anthropology at the London School of Economics.

Fenella Cannell has an academic affiliation as follows - London School of Economics and Political Science.

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interesting look at concepts of power and exchange  Jun 11, 2001
Cannell does an absolutely amazing job portraying the everyday lives of people in the Philippines, and how quotidian acts serve as forms of resistance to various externally imposed ideas and hierarchies. especially interesting because things like Christianity was initially externally imposed from the Spanish, yet has been re-appropriated by Filipinas/os in order to serve their needs. book breakdown:

1: Marraige Stories 2: kinship and the ritualisation of marraige 3: Healing and the people who have nothing 4: Spirit Mediums and spirit-companians 5: Spirit Mediums and Seance forms 6: Coda: the birthday parties of the spirits. 7: the living and the dead 8: the funeral of the 'dead Christ' 9: Kinship, reciprocity and devotions to the saints 10: Beauty and the idea of America (beauty, mimicry and transformation)

Chapter 10 is especially interesting as it deals with the bakla (male transvestites) of Bicol and how they interpret and approptiate notions of beauty and power.

overall, a really ecclectic and interesting book that got me to think of power, mimicry and symbols in a new light.


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