Space and the Production of Cultural Difference among the Akha Prior to Globalization: Channeling the Flow of Life (ICAS Publications Series)

Space and the Production of Cultural Difference among the Akha Prior to Globalization: Channeling the Flow of Life (ICAS Publications Series)

By: Deborah E. Tooker (author)Paperback

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Based on the author's extensive fieldwork among the Akha people prior to full nation-state integration, this illuminating study critically re-examines assumptions about space, power, and the politics of identity, so often based on modern, western contexts. Tooker explores the active role that spatial practices (and their indigenous link to a 'life force') have played in maintaining cultural autonomy in an historically migratory, multiethnic context. Space and the Production of Cultural Difference Among the Akha Prior to Globalization: Channeling the Flow of Life expands current debates about power relations in the region from a mostly political and economic framework into the domains of ritual, cosmology, and indigenous meaning and social systems.

About Author

Deborah E. Tooker is Chair of Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology and Director of the Anthropology Program at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, as well as Faculty Associate in Research at Cornell University's Southeast Asia Program.

Contents

Space and the Production of Cultural Difference Among the Akha Prior to Globalization - 1[-]Table of Contents - 8[-]List of Maps, Tables, Figures and Illustrations - 12[-]Preface - 14[-]Acknowledgments - 16[-]Note on Akha Transcription - 18[-]1 Bearings - 22[-]2 Moving Through History - 48[-]3 Space and the Flow of Life - 66[-]4 Spatializing the Upland Village Polity and its Alter, the Lowland Muang - 74[-]5 Space and Fertility in House and Field - 118[-]6 Chanting to Produce the Inside and Outside - 158[-]7 Rethinking the Cosmic Polity - 216[-]8 Space, Life, and Identity - 240[-]Appendix A: Spirit Chanting of the Inside: Types of Ceremonies - 246[-]Appendix B: Spirit Chanting of the Outside: Types of Ceremonies - 250[-]Akha Glossary - 272[-]Notes - 282[-]List of References - 312[-]English Language Index - 322[-]Akha Language Index - 336[-]Biographical Note about the Author - 340

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9789089643254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9789089643254
  • weight: 585
  • ISBN10: 9089643257

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