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Showing Signs of Violence: The Cultural Politics of a Twentieth-Century Headhunting Ritual

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Showing Signs of Violence deals with the ceremonies of pangngae, a mock headhunt that lingers stubbornly at the center of political life in a marginal upland community in Sulawesi, Indonesia. No killing takes place in this ritual--no actual heads are taken--but its rhetoric of violence is unmistakable and real.

Kenneth M. George vividly details the rites of pangngae, from the headhunters' secret and predatory journey downriver to the week of public festivity that follows their exuberant return. He puts special emphasis on the songs, speeches, and liturgies of the headhunt and shows how this ritual is neither a relic form of primitive violence nor an obsolete discourse on the social horizons of a remote community. In fact, the themes, purposes, and circumstances of pangngae make it the most public and community-defining form of ceremonial violence for this small mountain enclave as it confronts the dilemmas presented by Indonesian modernity and state culture.

Synopsis:

"A wonderful book, theoretically challenging, ethnographically rich, and exquisitely written."--Toby Alice Volkman, Ford Foundation

"Fascinating and compelling. . . . Examines with great subtlety the cultural construction of violence, and in putting forward a notion of 'political affect' moves beyond prevailing ideas of emotion in ways that have great significance for anthropology and other fields as well."--Benjamin Orlove, University of California, Davis

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-326) and index.

About the Author

Kenneth M. George is Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at Harvard University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520203617
Subtitle:
The Cultural Politics of a Twentieth-Century Headhunting Ritual
Author:
George, Kenneth M.
Author:
George, Kenneth M.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Oral tradition
Subject:
Discourse analysis, narrative
Subject:
Headhunters.
Subject:
Sulawesi Selatan (Indonesia) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Bambang (Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Sulawesi Selatan
Subject:
Bambang
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
79
Publication Date:
19960129
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
356
Dimensions:
9.02x6.03x1.03 in. 1.22 lbs.

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"A wonderful book, theoretically challenging, ethnographically rich, and exquisitely written."--Toby Alice Volkman, Ford Foundation

"Fascinating and compelling. . . . Examines with great subtlety the cultural construction of violence, and in putting forward a notion of 'political affect' moves beyond prevailing ideas of emotion in ways that have great significance for anthropology and other fields as well."--Benjamin Orlove, University of California, Davis

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