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People of the Sea (Cambridge Studies in Social & Cultural Anthropology)

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The Vezo are fishing people of western Madagascar. The identity of the Vezo is not fixed by descent; rather, it is established by what they do. They are people of the sea, distinguished from the farmers around them by their economic specialism. Ethnicity is usually thought to be a consequence of inborn qualities acquired by descent, and Astuti explores the consequences of ascribing ethnic identity with reference to economic activity. Her analysis reveals that only in the cult of the dead does descent become critical, and her argument in this innovative analysis of Vezo kinship is that the people distinguish two models of the person: one determined by the past, and the other defined contextually, in the present.

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The Vezo of western Madagascar are known as "the people who struggle with the sea." In their society, individual identity is established through what people do rather than being determined by descent or ethnicity, Astuti says--a way of doing rather than a state of being. But her analysis of Vezo kinship also reveals an opposite form of identity based on descent, which she argues is the identity of the dead. By looking at mortuary rituals that engage the relationship between the living and the dead, she develops a dual model of the Vezo person: one defined in the present, the other determined by the past.
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Synopsis:

A study of the Vezo fishing people which examines their definition of their own identity.

Synopsis:

The Vezo, a fishing people of western Madagascar, are known as ‘the people who struggle with the sea’. Dr Astuti explores their identity showing that it is established through what people do rather than being determined by descent. Vezo identity is a ‘way of doing’rather than a ‘state of being’, performative rather than ethnic. However, her innovative analysis of Vezo kinship also uncovers an opposite form of identity based on descent, which she argues is the identity of the dead. By looking at key mortuary rituals that engage the relationship between the living and the dead, Dr Astuti develops a dual model of the Vezo person.

Synopsis:

Ethnicity is usually thought to be a consequence of inborn qualities acquired by descent, but in this innovative study of the Vezo, who are fishing people of Madagascar, Rita Astuti explores the consequences of ascribing ethnic identity with reference to economic activity.

Synopsis:

A study of the Vezo fishing people which examines their definition of their own identity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Acting Vezo in the present; 3. People without wisdom; 4. Avoiding ties and bonds; 5. Intermezzo; 6. Kinship in the present and in the future; 7. Separating life from death; 8. Working for the dead; 9. Conclusion; Notes; List of references; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521433501
Editor:
Goody, Jack
Editor:
Tambiah, Stanley
Editor:
Goody, Jack
Editor:
Tambiah, Stanley
Author:
Astuti, Rita
Author:
Tambiah, Stanley
Author:
Goody, Jack
Author:
Leach, Edmund
Author:
Fortes, Meyer
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge England ;
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Madagascar
Subject:
Ethnic identity
Subject:
Vezo (Malagasy people)
Subject:
Betania (Madagascar) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Betania
Subject:
Vezo
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Vezo (Malagasy people) Vezo (Malagasy people)
Subject:
Vezo (Malagazy people)--Ethnic identity
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social & Cultural Anthropology
Series Volume:
87-29A95
Publication Date:
19950331
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
9.29x6.29x.69 in. .93 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A study of the Vezo fishing people which examines their definition of their own identity.
"Synopsis" by , The Vezo, a fishing people of western Madagascar, are known as ‘the people who struggle with the sea’. Dr Astuti explores their identity showing that it is established through what people do rather than being determined by descent. Vezo identity is a ‘way of doing’rather than a ‘state of being’, performative rather than ethnic. However, her innovative analysis of Vezo kinship also uncovers an opposite form of identity based on descent, which she argues is the identity of the dead. By looking at key mortuary rituals that engage the relationship between the living and the dead, Dr Astuti develops a dual model of the Vezo person.
"Synopsis" by , Ethnicity is usually thought to be a consequence of inborn qualities acquired by descent, but in this innovative study of the Vezo, who are fishing people of Madagascar, Rita Astuti explores the consequences of ascribing ethnic identity with reference to economic activity.
"Synopsis" by , A study of the Vezo fishing people which examines their definition of their own identity.
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