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More Than WordsTransforming Script, Agency, and Collective Life in Bali$
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Richard Fox

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501725340

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501725340.001.0001

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Wagging the Dog

Wagging the Dog

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(p.173) Chapter 8 Wagging the Dog
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More Than Words
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Richard Fox

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501725340.003.0008

The eighth chapter concludes by recapitulating the argument and drawing out its wider implications for the study of religion, script and writing in Southeast Asia and beyond. Three key unresolved issues are also addressed: whether it is ultimately coherent to posit practice as an ‘object of study’; whether taking purpose and presupposition as ‘prologues to action’ entails a residual ethnocentrism; and, finally, to what extent the book’s findings may suggest limitations to Pollock's conception of ‘the Sanskrit cosmopolis’.

Keywords:   religion, text, writing, Sanskrit Cosmopolis, practice, Southeast Asia, Bali

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