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The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers Second Edition,9781403966063

The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers Second Edition

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Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/15/2005
Publisher(s): Palgrave Macmillan

Summary

This classic ethnography, now in second edition, describes the traditional way of life of the Kaluli, a tropical forest people of Papua New Guinea. The book takes as its focus the nostalgic and violent Gisaro ceremony, one of the most remarkable performances in the anthropological literature. Tracking the major symbolic and emotional themes of the ceremony to their sources in everyday Kaluli life, Schieffelin shows how the central values and passions of Kaluli experience are governed by the basic forms of social reciprocity. However, Gisaro also reveals that social reciprocity is not limited to the dynamics of transaction, obligation, and alliance. It emerges, rather, as a mode of symbolic action and performative form, embodying a cultural scenario which shapes Kaluli emotional experience and moral sensibility and permeates their understanding of the human condition.

Author Biography

Edward L. Schieffelin is Reader Emeritus, University College, London.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition viii
Bibliography to Preface xx
Kaluli Pronunciation xxvi
Introduction 1(170)
1 Ceremonies and Reciprocity
18(11)
The Gisaro Ceremony
20(5)
Ceremonies and Reciprocity
25(4)
2 In the Shadow of the Mountain
29(16)
The Longhouse Community
32(9)
Identification with Locality
41(4)
3 I'm Sorry, Brother, I Don't Eat That
45(27)
Food and Social Relationships
45(6)
Kinship Terminology and Relationships
51(6)
Marriage
57(3)
Affinal Exchange of Food
60(2)
Food and the Manipulation of Social Relationships
62(1)
Food Taboos
63(7)
Summary
70(2)
4 Organizing Actions: Those at the House and Those Who Came
72(21)
Formation of Cooperative Groups
72(3)
Formation of Groups in Opposition
75(2)
Opposition in Conflict: The Scenario of Retaliation
77(10)
Opposition in Friendship: Weddings and Prestations
87(6)
5 The Unseen World and the Opposition Scenario
93(23)
Inhabitants of the Invisible
96(6)
The Unseen in Everyday Life
102(2)
The Medium's View of the Unseen
104(2)
The Nature of Opposition
106(8)
Oppositions and Social Process
114(2)
6 Assertion and Appeal
116(18)
Kaluli Assertiveness
117(3)
The Vitality of Men
120(7)
Achieving Cooperation
127(7)
7 Anger, Reciprocity, and the Rhythms of Experience
134(13)
Anger and a Sense of Proportion
135(4)
Reciprocity and the Sense of Time and Events
139(8)
8 The Perception of a Human Condition
147(13)
Warmth and Sentimentality
147(6)
Exuberance and Violence
153(3)
Reactions to Death
156(4)
9 Ceremonial Occasions and Preparations
160(11)
10 The Gisaro 171(25)
The Songs
177(11)
The Violence
188(6)
Denouement
194(1)
Aftermath
194(2)
11 Gisaro and the Opposition Scenario 196(29)
A Drama of Opposition
197(6)
A Sense of Proportion
203(2)
Payment of Compensation
205(2)
The Significance of Gisaro
207(4)
Gisaro and the Unseen
211(14)
Appendix I Dances and Ceremonies Performed by Bosavi People 225(5)
Appendix II Selected Bibliography of Bosavi since 1968 230(3)
References 233(2)
Index 235

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