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Elusive fragments : making power, propriety & health in Samoa

Author: Douglass Drozdow-St Christian
Publisher: Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, ©2002.
Series: Carolina Academic Press ethnographic studies in medical anthropology series.
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"The body is a central reality of culture and a fundamental site at which culture is expressed in action and in thought. Yet anthropological analyses continue to regard the body as a cultural artifact - something static, objectifiable, and removed from the everyday experiences of living in society. These are the central ideas in Elusive Fragments: Making Power, Propriety & Health in Samoa. In this book, the author  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Drozdow-St. Christian, Douglass.
Elusive fragments.
Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)605267723
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglass Drozdow-St Christian
ISBN: 0890897468 9780890897461
OCLC Number: 49529400
Description: xxvi, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Author's Preface and Acknowledgments: On Being a Body Out of Place --
A Note on Pronunciational Orthography --
Ch. 1. A Prologue: Nights and Days in the Kingdoms of the Sick --
Ch. 2. The Body in Question and the Question of the Body: Finding and Knowing Bodies in the Social Field --
Ch. 3. Finding Samoa: Life, Living and Culture --
Ch. 4. Becoming Real: Making Babies into Bodies --
Ch. 5. Embodying Moral Orders: Space, Modesty and Eating --
Ch. 6. The Statutory Body: Discipline and Control --
Ch. 7. Pleasures and Punishments: Living in and Beyond the Appropriate --
Ch. 8. Bodies of Danger/Bodies Endangered: Illness, Healing, and the Pursuits of Dignity --
Ch. 9. Changes in Directions/The Directions of Change in Making Proper Samoan Bodies --
Ch. 10. Elusive Fragments: The Embodying of Theory and Praxis.
Series Title: Carolina Academic Press ethnographic studies in medical anthropology series.
Other Titles: Making power, propriety & health in Samoa
Responsibility: Douglass Drozdow-St. Christian.

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"The body is a central reality of culture and a fundamental site at which culture is expressed in action and in thought. Yet anthropological analyses continue to regard the body as a cultural artifact - something static, objectifiable, and removed from the everyday experiences of living in society. These are the central ideas in Elusive Fragments: Making Power, Propriety & Health in Samoa. In this book, the author argues for another way of thinking about the body and bodies. Based on ongoing field research in Samoa, the author describes everyday processes of village and family life as the primary sites through which the body works as an agent of cultural production. By locating the body as a process of awareness and enactment, he links it with Samoan concerns for dignity, humility, and strength, thereby illuminating central dynamics within Samoan culture."--Jacket.

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