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In the Realm of the Diamond Queen: Marginality in an Out-Of-The-Way Place

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In this highly original and much-anticipated ethnography, Anna Tsing challenges not only anthropologists and feminists but all those who study culture to reconsider some of their dearest assumptions. By choosing to locate her study among Meratus Dayaks, a marginal and marginalized group in the deep rainforest of South Kalimantan, Indonesia, Tsing deliberately sets into motion the familiar and stubborn urban fantasies of self and other. Unusual encounters with her remarkably creative and unconventional Meratus friends and teachers, however, provide the opportunity to rethink notions of tradition, community, culture, power, and gender--and the doing of anthropology. Tsing's masterful weaving of ethnography and theory, as well as her humor and lucidity, allow for an extraordinary reading experience for students, scholars, and anyone interested in the complexities of culture.

Engaging Meratus in wider conversations involving Indonesian bureaucrats, family planners, experts in international development, Javanese soldiers, American and French feminists, Asian-Americans, right-to-life advocates, and Western intellectuals, Tsing looks not for consensus and coherence in Meratus culture but rather allows individual Meratus men and women to return our gaze. Bearing the fruit from the lively contemporary conversations between anthropology and cultural studies, In the Realm of the Diamond Queen will prove to be a model for thinking and writing about gender, power, and the politics of identity.

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"A loosely organized group of mountain people in southeastern Kalimantan ... [is the topic of Tsing's fieldwork in what is] perhaps the most detailed and certainly the most self-conscious examination of marginalization yet to appear."--New York Review of Books

"This is a book that is as rich in human warmth as it is technically innovative."--Amitav Ghosh

Synopsis:

In this highly original and much-anticipated ethnography, Anna Tsing challenges not only anthropologists and feminists but all those who study culture to reconsider some of their dearest assumptions. By choosing to locate her study among Meratus Dayaks, a marginal and marginalized group in the deep rainforest of South Kalimantan, Indonesia, Tsing deliberately sets into motion the familiar and stubborn urban fantasies of self and other. Unusual encounters with her remarkably creative and unconventional Meratus friends and teachers, however, provide the opportunity to rethink notions of tradition, community, culture, power, and gender--and the doing of anthropology. Tsing's masterful weaving of ethnography and theory, as well as her humor and lucidity, allow for an extraordinary reading experience for students, scholars, and anyone interested in the complexities of culture.

Engaging Meratus in wider conversations involving Indonesian bureaucrats, family planners, experts in international development, Javanese soldiers, American and French feminists, Asian-Americans, right-to-life advocates, and Western intellectuals, Tsing looks not for consensus and coherence in Meratus culture but rather allows individual Meratus men and women to return our gaze. Bearing the fruit from the lively contemporary conversations between anthropology and cultural studies, In the Realm of the Diamond Queen will prove to be a model for thinking and writing about gender, power, and the politics of identity.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-334) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface
Opening: In the Realm of the Diamond Queen3
Pt. 1Politics of the Periphery39
1Marginal Fictions51
2Government Headhunters72
3Family Planning104
Pt. 2A Science of Travel121
4Leadership Landscapes127
5Conditions of Living154
6On the Boundary of the Skin178
Pt. 3Riding the Horse of Gaps207
7Alien Romance213
8Riding, Writing230
9The History of the World253
Reprise285
Notes303
References Cited311
Index335

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691000510
Author:
Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Indonesia
Subject:
Sex role -- Indonesia -- Meratus Mountains Region.
Subject:
Dayaks
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Postcolonial Studies
Subject:
Dayak (Indonesian people)
Subject:
Dayak (Indonesian people) - Social conditions
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 683
Publication Date:
November 1993
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 19 oz

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Product details 368 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691000510 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "A loosely organized group of mountain people in southeastern Kalimantan ... [is the topic of Tsing's fieldwork in what is] perhaps the most detailed and certainly the most self-conscious examination of marginalization yet to appear."--New York Review of Books

"This is a book that is as rich in human warmth as it is technically innovative."--Amitav Ghosh

"Synopsis" by , In this highly original and much-anticipated ethnography, Anna Tsing challenges not only anthropologists and feminists but all those who study culture to reconsider some of their dearest assumptions. By choosing to locate her study among Meratus Dayaks, a marginal and marginalized group in the deep rainforest of South Kalimantan, Indonesia, Tsing deliberately sets into motion the familiar and stubborn urban fantasies of self and other. Unusual encounters with her remarkably creative and unconventional Meratus friends and teachers, however, provide the opportunity to rethink notions of tradition, community, culture, power, and gender--and the doing of anthropology. Tsing's masterful weaving of ethnography and theory, as well as her humor and lucidity, allow for an extraordinary reading experience for students, scholars, and anyone interested in the complexities of culture.

Engaging Meratus in wider conversations involving Indonesian bureaucrats, family planners, experts in international development, Javanese soldiers, American and French feminists, Asian-Americans, right-to-life advocates, and Western intellectuals, Tsing looks not for consensus and coherence in Meratus culture but rather allows individual Meratus men and women to return our gaze. Bearing the fruit from the lively contemporary conversations between anthropology and cultural studies, In the Realm of the Diamond Queen will prove to be a model for thinking and writing about gender, power, and the politics of identity.

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