2005_11_17rev - Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses...

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Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses Thursday, 17 November 2005 Reading Marina Roseman, Healing Sounds from the Malaysian Rainforest: Temiar Music and Medicine, chs. 5-7, pp. 129-184. With an analysis that focuses on embodiment, sensory experience, and the dynamics of illness and healing in order to uncover the sensibility of a people, is there something that gets lost (macro-social, political economy)? Or is there a way to fully incorporate the three bodies (Scheper-Hughes and Lock)? Roseman writes about the links between Temiar rationality and world view and western medicine and its concepts of illness and bacteria. | What, for Roseman, are the pros and the cons of having a sociocentric self? What is a sociocentric self? And what are the implications of having a sociocentric self? The sociocentric self manifests most explicitly in the realms of illness and healing. As people move through intersubjective realm, they are careful to move in relation to other people. Prohibitions on consumption and contact are to prevent illness, but transgressions can pass on illness through social network of individual. | What causes illness for the Temiar? | Why is there such concern about boundaries of the body and the self? It isn’t just about the individual’s boundaries but affects the group, also about how space and time are ordered. Boundaries also maintain order in society. There is interdependence and communality in the ritual context where there are certain occasions with people coming together and providing unity (functionalist argument). There are different groups with different food prohibitions – different sociocentric implications. Mary Douglas
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