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Marilyn Strathern

in The Gender of the Gift: Problems with Women and Problems with Society in Melanesia

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520064232
eISBN:
9780520910713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520064232.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Some sense of the variety of social forms is sustained in the running distinction between societies whose exchange systems do and those whose do not produce more kinship. Comparative anthropology ... More


Burning Money: The Material Spirit of the Chinese Lifeworld

C. Fred Blake

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835323
eISBN:
9780824870379
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835323.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

For a thousand years across the length and breadth of China and beyond, people have burned paper replicas of valuable things—most often money—for the spirits of deceased family members, ancestors, ... More


Writing Fans

Jennifer Robertson

in Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520211506
eISBN:
9780520920125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520211506.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores the text-making activities of fans in the form of fan magazines and fan letters, and the imaginary but contingent worlds they conjure up, looking at the supposedly unorthodox ... More


Speaking of Aesthetics

Alka Hingorani

in Making Faces: Self and Image Creation in a Himalayan Valley

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835255
eISBN:
9780824871345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835255.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the articulations and aspects of the aesthetic field within which reception in the process of object making occurs. It begins with an overview of Indian theories of aesthetics, ... More


Japanese Mothers and ObentōS: The Lunch Box as Ideological State Apparatus

Anne Allison

in Permitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219908
eISBN:
9780520923447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219908.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter looks at practices that build desirability into habits of everyday performance. It analyzes the lunchboxes mothers make with great artistry and elaboration for their children to take ... More


In Near Ruins: Cultural Theory at the End of the Century

Nicholas B. Dirks

in Autobiography of an Archive: A Scholar's Passage to India

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169677
eISBN:
9780231538510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169677.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the state of cultural theory at the end of the twentieth century. It begins by considering Michael Ondaatje's 1993 novel The English Patient, which the protagonist is the ... More


Lanna Style

Andrew Alan Johnson

in Ghosts of the New City: Spirits, Urbanity, and the Ruins of Progress in Chiang Mai

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839390
eISBN:
9780824868437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839390.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Just as spirit shrines, in their enactment of margin-center dynamics, acted as microcosms for how Chiang Mai elites positioned themselves vis-à-vis the forest, notions of charismatic potential ... More


The Awak People: The Moral Aesthetics of Social Unity

Gregory M. Simon

in Caged in on the Outside: Moral Subjectivity, Selfhood, and Islam in Minangkabau, Indonesia

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824838300
eISBN:
9780824868413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824838300.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

There is an aesthetic of social unity created through everyday interactions in Minangkabau society, where mixing in (bagaua) and being normal (biaso) are powerful moral concerns, supported by the ... More


(Dis)Locating Drumming: Taiko Training, Embodiment, and the Aesthetics of Race and Place

Shawn Bender

in Taiko Boom: Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520272415
eISBN:
9780520951433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520272415.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses how centrally discourses of the body and embodiment figure in the instruction and localization of contemporary taiko. Taiko drummers insist that “authentic” performance of ... More


Woman Unbound?: Body and Gender in Japanese Taiko

Shawn Bender

in Taiko Boom: Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520272415
eISBN:
9780520951433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520272415.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter focuses on the experiences of women who play taiko in Japan. Although taiko has become a new vehicle of self-expression for women, the masculine standards of strength and power ... More


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