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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Balknese is a society’s manner of speaking to itself about itself, and is therefore of prime interest for the anthropologist. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Social tensions are represented through the cockfight, but after all, it’s just a cockfight.
Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” — summary and review. In The Interpretation of Cultures Geertz explicitly contrasts his position that symbols are found in public dfep with public meanings to psychological approaches that equate culture with mental models Ward Goodenough or subconscious emotions Culture and Personality studies influenced by Freudthus making culture invisible or a theoretical artifact created by the observer.
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. Like a lot of people I read the Balinese cockfight article in my anthropological youth and I remember enjoying it although the Person, Time, and Conduct essay in that same volume was the one that really captured my attention.
In Taiwan, when Ruth and I were doing fieldwork inthe first thing we did when arriving in Puli was report to the foreign affairs policeman who seemed, in fact, a very pleasant person…but anyway.
The fights both represent and take part in forming the social and cultural structure of the Balinese people which cokcfight dramatized through the cockfight. Following Bentham, Geertz defines a “deep fight” is one in which the stakes are so high the people lose their rationality.
Views Read Edit View history. To me most of the articles in Understanding Culture share a common feature: However, Geertz reminds us, neither winning nor losing in a geegtz can actually change the social status of the participant, remaining but a metaphor of real success of failure.
It seems important to remember that Geertz was himself formed under Talcott Parsons, and that Interpretation of Culture was the big break with that tradition Religion of Java being pretty different.
Sure, we can find plenty of things wrong with it now, but plzy remains pretty incredible: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.
His research was largely focused on symbolic aspects of collective activities traditions, rites, celebrations, social movements as well as on the worldviews and ethics that inform them. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. People never bet against a cock from their own reference group.
Sennett — The Craftsman in links, no particular order. Email required Address never made public. However, they have 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”.
To come round full circle, it may be worth remembering the material and political conditions of fieldwork in the s, 60s and 70s. Mickey James February 13, at Balinese culture Anthropology literature Cockfighting.
Just like in the West, the cock in Bali symbolizes masculinity, and the rules of cockfights in every village are passed down through generations along with other legal traditions. 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 paly with their inner selves, their masculinity, their penises. Subscribe to our mailing list and get the latest news from Garage.
For example, women and young and socially disadvantaged people are not allowed to attend cockfights, nofes the main players are the most respected and politically involved members of the community.
Anonymous January 5, at 1: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight. Geertz distinguishes “deep fights”, with high wages, and “shallow fights”, usually with low wages of both gambling and prestige. Articles needing additional references from June All articles ccockfight additional references.
To start form the bottom line, Clifford Geertz ‘s essential notion expressed in ” Deep Play: You are commenting using your WordPress. One thing that I always wonder about the cockfight essay is what Balinese people always think about it.
Roney Wilson December 30, at 3: Saturday, May 7, Clifford Geertz: It is as if everything they do could be considered the basis of a deep play, the only means compatible with their lifestyle and way of thinking.