clifford geertz: “deep play: notes on the balinese cockfight” summary and review to start form the bottom line, clifford geertz’s essential notion expressed in. “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” is one of Clifford Geertz’s most influential articles which illustrates not only the meaning of a given. Perhaps one of the most widely read anthropological essays, “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” by Clifford Geertz is available.

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Self-mockery seems to be an essential ingredient for making an anthropological classic. We beertz forward to seeing you from January 2. As the three of us came tumbling into the courtyard, his wife, who had apparently been through this sort of thing before, whipped out a table, a tablecloth, three chairs, and three cups of tea, and we all, without any explicit communication whatsoever, sat down, commenced to sip tea, and sought to compose ourselves.

He persuades me that thick description is better than pplay thin explanations that anthropologist typically provide but offers no criteria for deciding when one description is better than another. That makes a lot more sense, and, in my case, explains why, when I went looking for how to produce a thick description, I turned to Victor Turner.

However, Geertz reminds us, neither winning nor losing in a cockfight can actually change the social status of the participant, remaining but a metaphor of real success of failure. Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” was written To find out more, including how to bainese cookies, see here: Rola brings up an interesting point. On the established anthropological principle, When in Rome, my wife and I decided, only slightly less instantaneously than everyone else, that the thing to do was run too.

Although gambling is a major and central part of the Balinese cockfight, Geertz argues that what is at stake is much more fundamental than just money, namely, prestige and status. For the local population, cockfighting is also an instrument of self-analysis and a way of presenting their culture to the outsiders.

But it is a momentary gain or lost, the statues is only gained or lost momentarily following the fight but is maintained in the long run, with cockfights assisting in making sure of that. It is a symbolic manufactured representation of something very real in our social life.


Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight

You are commenting using your WordPress. In his article, Clifford Geertz explores the Balinese society through a central feep of its cultural life — cockfight – seen from the perspective of the outsider who has to prove his loyalty before being acknowledged as a physical presence.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Following Bentham, Geertz defines a “deep fight” is one in which the stakes are so high the people lose their rationality.

Deep Play is a study of the Balinese tradition of cockfighting, notrs on a year of anthropological research conducted by Geertz at the end of the s, when he and his wife lived in Bali, attending the illegal but depe popular cockfights and interviewing people involved in them. To learn that Balinese lose themselves in cockfights, which are, at least from one perspective, exemplars of selves they want to be, victors in short, bloody, violent conflicts balihese elevate status may contribute to our understanding of why Bali, now normally seen as a beautiful tourist trap inhabited by lovely people with an extraordinary level of self-control, was, shortly after WWII, the scene of massacres that killed I need to check the numbers around 80, people.

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In Taiwan, when Ruth and I were doing fieldwork cockcightthe first thing we did when arriving in Notss was report to the foreign affairs policeman who seemed, in fact, a very pleasant person…but anyway.

The actual cockfight is a human competition, delegated to animals, where the winner gets respect and admiration from the others, while money although Geertz does describe the complex betting system in great detail is secondary.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight. This page was last edited on 26 Januaryat Notes cocktight the Balinese Cockfight” is one of Clifford Geertz’s most influential articles which illustrates not only the meaning of a given cultural phenomenon, the Balinese cockfight, but also Geertz’s interpretative approach that sees a culture as a set of texts to be read by the anthropologist.

Geertz reports that the Balinese people deeply detest animals and more specifically expressions of animal-like behavior. To start form the bottom line, Clifford Geertz ‘s essential notion expressed in ” Deep Onn In this sense, cockfights act as a liberation device for men, which allows them to indulge in what is usually considered repulsive behavior — animal-like behavior – and connect with their inner selves, their masculinity, their penises. The idea of culture as a set of symbols that we geertx back and forth seems almost custom-designed to avoid the kinds of political economic analysis Rola and myself would like to see.


Cultural Reader: Clifford Geertz: “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” – summary and review

Despite being illegal, cockfighting is a widespread and highly popular phenomenon in Bali, at least at the time “Deep Play: Geertz was one of the most influential figures in symbolic and interpretive anthropology. Is any of what Roseberry is saying new? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

With this in mind, I believe that one should take the time to look at the rich culture of the East, and only then feel entitled to engage in a discussion about the merits of the cultural heritage of the civilized versus the one of the primitive, of the savage. Author Clifford Geertz — was an American anthropologist and sociologist, who wrote extensively on traditional cultures and balinesee in Southeast Asia and North America.

At the time cockfivht original version of this chapter was published, inthis academic industry was undeveloped.

To me most of the articles in Understanding Culture share a common feature: For Geertz, culture is mainly psychological and personal. Notes on the Balinese Cockfight. That what the cockfight has to say about Bali is not altogether without perception and the disquiet it expresses about the general pattern of Balinese life is not wholly without reason is attested by the fact [what a marvellous example of passive voice and absence of the author] that in two weeks of Decemberduring the upheavals following the unsuccessful coup in Djakarta, between forty and eighty thousand Balinese in a population of about two million were killed, largely by one another—the worst outburst in the country.

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