Perhaps one of the most widely read anthropological essays, “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” by Clifford Geertz is available. “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” is one of Clifford Geertz’s most influential articles which illustrates not only the meaning of a given. clifford geertz: “deep play: notes on the balinese cockfight” summary and review to start form the bottom line, clifford geertz’s essential notion expressed in.

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Sure, we can find plenty of things wrong with it now, but it remains pretty incredible: Social tensions are represented through the cockfight, but after all, it’s just a cockfight. Please help balinesw this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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It was, moreover, still possible for people who talked too openly about certain topics to get a knock on the door in the middle of the night. The title of the essay is explained as a concept of British philosopher Jeremy Bentham —who defines “deep play” as a game with stakes so high that no rational person would engage in it.

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It channels aggression and rivalry into an indirect symbolic sphere of engagement. The “deep play” of the Balinese cockfight, says Geertz, is like artworks which illustrate an essential insight into our very existence. Despite being illegal, cockfighting is a widespread and highly popular phenomenon in Bali, at least at the time “Deep Play: Considered Geertz’s most seminal work, the essay addresses the meaning of cockfighting in Balinese culture. This story serves two gewrtz To start form the bottom line, Clifford Geertz ‘s essential notion expressed in ” Deep Play: But I think the real appeal of this article is the way the reader is drawn into the process of anthropological discovery.

From January 7 it will be open as usual. To ask of balinede cultural text, be it a cockfight or a folktale, who is talking, who is being talked to, what is being talked about, and what form of action is being called for, is to move cultural analysis to a new level that renders the old antinomies of materialism and idealism irrelevant.


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My earlier comment got cut short because I had to geerzt suddenly, but I had wanted to point out something else. More Geertz online at HyperGeertz. Cockfights were generally illegal in Indonesia when Geertz was doing his fieldwork there in the s. ANd, of course the fact that we can still develop a pretty hearty discussion suggests that the issues raised by Geertz around the time I was born are still far from totally settled.

That what the cockfight has to say about Bali is not altogether without perception and the disquiet it expresses about the general pattern of Balinese life is not wholly without reason is attested by the fact [what a marvellous example of passive voice and absence of the author] that in two weeks of Decemberduring the upheavals following the unsuccessful coup in Djakarta, between forty and eighty thousand Balinese in a population of about two million were killed, largely by one another—the worst outburst in the country.

Although gambling is a major and central part of the Balinese cockfight, Geertz argues that what is at stake is much more fundamental than just money, namely, prestige and status.

The problem is to learn how to read them, not to decipher something else going on behind the scenes. Sennett — The Craftsman in links, no particular order. But it also behooves us to think about the consequences in the material reality of such alignment between substance and symbol, cock and cock, man and ideology, Trump and the patriarchy. She has conducted fieldwork in Ecuador and Northern Russia.

If the narrative of this election were written as a short story, with actual events and quotes worked into the plot, an English class somewhere would analyze it as a feminist commentary — where the sexism of mainstream society is made visible through ongoing instances of explicit phallocentrism.

Cockfighting is a fight for statues, with bets serving only to symbolize the risk. Notes on the Balinese cockfight. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Articles needing additional references from June All articles needing additional references. Mickey James February 13, at That makes a lot more sense, and, in my case, explains why, when I went looking for how to produce a thick description, I turned to Victor Turner.

Except this is not a short story. He persuades me that thick description is better than the thin explanations that anthropologist typically provide but offers no criteria for deciding when one description is better than another. However the fight, according to Geertz, is not between individuals but is rather a simulation of the social structure of kinship and social groups.


Fighting always takes place between people and cocks from opposing social groups family, clan, village etc.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mailing List Subscribe to our mailing list and grertz the latest news from Garage. Author Clifford Geertz — was an American anthropologist and sociologist, who wrote extensively on traditional cultures and religions in Southeast Asia and North America.

In Taiwan, when Ruth and I were doing fieldwork inthe first thing we did when arriving in Puli was report to the foreign affairs policeman who seemed, in fact, a very pleasant person…but anyway.

Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight by Clifford Geertz

She co-edits the journal Laboratorium: The article starts with a heart-pounding chase. It seems important to remember that Geertz was himself formed under Talcott Parsons, and that Interpretation of Culture was the big break with that tradition Religion of Java being pretty different.

I am also curious if there might be a manuscript — symbolic or not — that connects baalinese state-opposed cock fighting space described by Geertz and the state-sponsored gerrymandering spaces that led to the electoral win for Trump? Ethnographic theory digest Vol. Yes, he writes about cocks exactly for the reason you think. This is what actually happened in this election. This page was last edited on 26 Januaryat For the local population, cockfighting is also an instrument of balinsse and a way of presenting their culture to the outsiders.

I think that the word statues must be replaced with status in the 4th paragraph. They would write in the conclusion that through these explicit, and perhaps hyperbolic examples, the author aims to make visible the underlying sexism of our political discourse and praxis.