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Perhaps one of the most widely read anthropological essays, “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” by Clifford Geertz is available. “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. 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.

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Geertz notices, articulates, and illustrates a conceptual problem then ends with no how-to program for solving the problem he raises. Yes, he writes about cocks exactly for the reason you think. The Balinese cockfight is, as Geertz puts it, a way of playing with fire without getting burned.

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However, they gertz a deep identification with their cocks yes, with their cocks and “in identifying with his cock, the Balinese man is identifying not only with his ideal self, or even his penis, but also, and at the same time, with what he most fears, hates, and ambivalence being what it is, is fascinated by- the powers of darkness”. Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” — summary and review.


Retrieved from ” https: The amounts of money and status involved in the very geert cockfights make Balinese cockfighting “deep play. So, the cockkfight then becomes not just a story America told itself about itself — but also a story about how America tells itself stories about itself, which lenses it reaches for, which interpretive framework it relegates to the footnotes. Subscribe to our mailing list and get the latest news from Garage.

People never bet against a cock from their own reference group.

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Notes on the Balinese cockfight. It is a society’s manner of speaking to itself about itself, and is therefore of prime interest for the anthropologist.

In ritualistic moments of such synthesis, magical power can be deployed. Material as opposed to what? The cocks are both symbolic and real.

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Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight

Further, the Supreme Court defense of same-gendered unions? The man could not have been more appropriately named if we were in a medieval morality play and at times it felt like we were.

This page was last edited on 26 Ballineseat Balinese culture Anthropology literature Cockfighting. Balinese Cockfights and the Seduction of Anthropology.

William Roseberry thinks so.

Is any of what Roseberry is saying new? Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” was written Then, in the timeline of the history of anthropological thought, we consider the idea of culture as a manuscript, a palimpsest of layered stories, endlessly rich in meaning cockdight stories that work both like horcruxes, where the soul of the culture is encoded, and as mirrors, reflecting how life is lived back to the ones that live it. Accessed December 31, Ethnographic theory digest Vol. 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.


The problem is to learn how to read them, not to decipher something else going on behind the scenes. Not only was balinede there, but he was embraced by geerzt members of the society who loved his clumsy ways.

Cockfights were generally illegal in Indonesia when Geertz was doing his fieldwork there in the s. The effectiveness of symbols is not only for the kind of shamanic healing Levi-Strauss describes — it is also for undoing the material infrastructure and fabric of reality, particularly its fraught and contested patches.