DEEP PLAY NOTES ON THE BALINESE COCKFIGHT PDF

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Find out how to support us here. Deep Play is a study of the Balinese tradition of cockfighting, based on a year of anthropological research conducted by Geertz at the end of the s, when he and his wife lived in Bali, attending the illegal but very popular cockfights and interviewing people involved in them. For example, women and young and socially disadvantaged people are not allowed to attend cockfights, while the main players are the most respected and politically involved members of the community.

The actual cockfight is a human competition, delegated to animals, where the winner gets respect and admiration from the others, while money although Geertz does describe the complex betting system in great detail is secondary. Just like in the West, the cock in Bali symbolizes masculinity, and the rules of cockfights in every village are passed down through generations along with other legal traditions. Based on a large pool of observations and interviews, Geertz concludes that the cockfight as a cultural phenomenon offers rich anthropological material for the interpretation of the Balinese society.

For the local population, cockfighting is also an instrument of self-analysis and a way of presenting their culture to the outsiders. However, Geertz reminds us, neither winning nor losing in a cockfight can actually change the social status of the participant, remaining but a metaphor of real success of failure.

Clifford Geertz — was an American anthropologist and sociologist, who wrote extensively on traditional cultures and religions in Southeast Asia and North America. His research was largely focused on symbolic aspects of collective activities traditions, rites, celebrations, social movements as well as on the worldviews and ethics that inform them. Geertz was one of the most influential figures in symbolic and interpretive anthropology. Subscribe to our mailing list and get the latest news from Garage.

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

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Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight

Culture and Politics pp Cite as. This reading alerts us that Americans hold no monopoly on popular culture. Geertz relates both the various events surrounding and the deeper cultural meaning of an example of popular culture, cockfighting on a South Pacific island. For Geertz, cockfighting in Bali engages central cultural values such as honor, dignity, and respect.

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Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight Summary

These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Based upon his time in Bali during the s, Geertz writes about the cultural phenomenon of cockfighting. To the locals these fights represent an accumulation of status. Rival families, clans, and villages compete.

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Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight by Clifford Geertz

Considered Geertz's most seminal work, the essay addresses the meaning of cockfighting in Balinese culture. Cockfights were generally illegal in Indonesia when Geertz was doing his fieldwork there in the s. The first cockfight that he and his wife viewed was broken up by the police. The experience of hiding from the police in the courtyard of a local couple allowed Geertz to break the tension between himself and the villagers, and perform all of the interviews and observation which make up The Interpretation of Cultures. The essay describes how cocks are taken to stand in for powerful men in the villages, and notes that even the double-entendre sense of the word "cock" exists in the Balinese language as much as in English.

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