GEERTZ DEEP PLAY NOTES ON THE BALINESE COCKFIGHT PDF

Downloads: 5 Views: The job of an anthropologist is complex. It requires a very diverse arsenal of talents and abilities that few can use successfully. An anthropologist must be able to observe the in-depth content of human nature within a society, analyze it from all aspects, and perform cross-cultural comparisons. Geertz was a professor at Princeton and received his Ph. The essay is divided into seven sections, each describing a different aspect of the Balinese cockfight. In order for Geertz to understand the Balinese culture he must adapt to it and become an active part of their society.

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In his essay, he attempts to give insights on the Balinese culture and mainly focusing on the significance of Balinese cockfights within the Balinese culture. Each answer should be a paragraph length about sentences. How is this essay constructed?

Describe the parts of the piece and how many, etc. Provide brief descriptions of the work that each part is doing and how it goes about doing it.

From field research in Indonesia and Morocco to highly theoretical pieces, Geertz contributed a massive amount of work to the study of anthropology, including a new definition of religion, which has been subjected to much admiration and scrutiny.

The same can be said about Filipino men and their Jeepneys. There is a deeper meaning associated behind the exterior decorations. In the work, Geertz, an anthropologist, observes traditional cock-fighting practiced in a Balinese village.

The perspective that the anthropologist should seek in study is one such controversial issue within this school. The practice of illegal cockfighting is something that we would least expect in the gentle Balinese culture.

It shaped my outlook, but more influential forces included the movement of feminism and feminist anthropology Mascia-Lees et al. As I identify as a woman, my experiences belong to a similar realm as those discussed by feminist.

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Clifford Geertz Deep Play: Notes on a Balinese Cockfight Essay

In his essay, he attempts to give insights on the Balinese culture and mainly focusing on the significance of Balinese cockfights within the Balinese culture. Each answer should be a paragraph length about sentences. How is this essay constructed? Describe the parts of the piece and how many, etc. Provide brief descriptions of the work that each part is doing and how it goes about doing it.

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Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight by Clifford Geertz

Geertz shows how the Balinese cockfight serves as a cultural text which embodies, at least a portion of, what the real meaning of being Balinese is. Despite being illegal, cockfighting is a widespread and highly popular phenomenon in Bali, at least at the time "Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight" was written Geertz reports that the Balinese people deeply detest animals and more specifically expressions of animal-like behavior. 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". Although gambling is a major and central part of the Balinese cockfight, Geertz argues that what is at stake is much more fundamental than just money, namely, prestige and status. Geertz distinguishes "deep fights", with high wages, and "shallow fights", usually with low wages of both gambling and prestige. Following Bentham, Geertz defines a "deep fight" is one in which the stakes are so high the people lose their rationality.

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Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight Summary

To the locals these fights represent an accumulation of status. Rival families, clans, and villages compete. They raise and care for their birds as an expression of self-worth and pride. Just as the word "cock" in English serves as a double entendre, it also carries a similar significance in Balinese. The roosters symbolize the manhood of their captors and fight as emissaries. This is the true significance of the fights.

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