Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses
Tuesday, 06 December 2005
The Funeral Casino: Meditation, Massacre, and Exchange with the Dead in
Thailand, ch. 7, pp. 231-290.
– associated with class
his other book
more directly addresses
in the sense of what are the
symbols in our outward appearance that are particular to classes and groups
possible to manipulate symbols of outward appearance to become closer to groups that are
either higher or lower than one’s self
presentation of self
(Erving Goffman) is a conscious manipulation, could be because of
personal meaning but also what image we want to project outwardly
The images/symbols we recognize in social space, what is considered beautiful or not – these
images are now globalized.
People consciously try to manipulate those symbols at the embodied
level for themselves, e.g. body image, weight, dress (because all these things have meaning).
Klima discusses changes in
globalization of economy
and how the
of the West
changed people on the ground.
Also consider: were the status symbols used for
Bourdieu say that people can consciously strategize to adopt the particular class symbols of a
What is the place of death in this day and age? What images circulate after traumatic events?
What memories persist in public consciousness?
different economies (
economies of life and death
Klima starts out chapter reminding us, p.231:
For change to come, it seems, someone must die.
Only catastrophe can work the magic of
necromancy on history.
..the revolting history of sacrifice never works out the way people intend it.
The Funeral Casino
, 2002: 231)
He’s lamenting a change in society in a global,
period in terms of how relationship
are valued, what is valued in the market, what images are being consumed – even though these
changes are occurring, there’s still something that’s remaining in terms of our more traditional
associations with others and our relationships.
– each ethnography has taken a different perspective on how it is that the study of
society relates to how we relate to each other.
such as economy, black market, circulation of images,
globalization, World Bank, IMF.
This focus allows the text to be
Klima is characterizing the certain state of the globalized/neoliberal world of today.
He does dip
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