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Anth 2 110306 Anthropological writings are “fictions” Latin root means “something made” or “something fashioned” Texts are made by people Anthropologists are storytellers- “most human of the science and most scientific of the humanities” According to Geertz, what is Balinese cockfight Social text Balinese reading of Balinese experience Story they tell themselves about themselves Why do Balinese bet on cock fight? Exhibits where individual stands in social hierarchy To make money Reaffirm and make evident social relationships Evidence of depth of event comes from how much money changes hands Balinese cock fights Not important because of money waged No one's status drastically changes as a result of one given fight But because potential public affront to status When they are affronted publicly, it isn't permanent, rather it is momentary (it's a slap in the face and that's all) Mauss' vs. Geertz's analysis? Mauss: conflict over status
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