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In the Realm of the Diamond Queen : Marginality in an Out-of-the-Way Place - Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

In the Realm of the Diamond Queen

Marginality in an Out-of-the-Way Place

Paperback Published: 21st November 1993
ISBN: 9780691000510
Number Of Pages: 368

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In this highly original and much-anticipated ethnography, Anna Tsing challenges not only anthropologists and feminists but all those who study culture to reconsider some of their dearest assumptions. By choosing to locate her study among Meratus Dayaks, a marginal and marginalized group in the deep rainforest of South Kalimantan, Indonesia, Tsing deliberately sets into motion the familiar and stubborn urban fantasies of self and other. Unusual encounters with her remarkably creative and unconventional Meratus friends and teachers, however, provide the opportunity to rethink notions of tradition, community, culture, power, and gender--and the doing of anthropology. Tsing's masterful weaving of ethnography and theory, as well as her humor and lucidity, allow for an extraordinary reading experience for students, scholars, and anyone interested in the complexities of culture.

Engaging Meratus in wider conversations involving Indonesian bureaucrats, family planners, experts in international development, Javanese soldiers, American and French feminists, Asian-Americans, right-to-life advocates, and Western intellectuals, Tsing looks not for consensus and coherence in Meratus culture but rather allows individual Meratus men and women to return our gaze. Bearing the fruit from the lively contemporary conversations between anthropology and cultural studies, "In the Realm of the Diamond Queen" will prove to be a model for thinking and writing about gender, power, and the politics of identity.

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Winner of the 1994 Harry J. Benda Prize, Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies Honorable Mention for the 1994 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, Society for Humanistic Anthropology and American Anthropological Association One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1994

Opening: In the Realm of the Diamond Queenp. 3
Politics of the Peripheryp. 39
Marginal Fictionsp. 51
Government Headhuntersp. 72
Family Planningp. 104
A Science of Travelp. 121
Leadership Landscapesp. 127
Conditions of Livingp. 154
On the Boundary of the Skinp. 178
Riding the Horse of Gapsp. 207
Alien Romancep. 213
Riding, Writingp. 230
The History of the Worldp. 253
Reprisep. 285
Notesp. 303
References Citedp. 311
Indexp. 335
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ISBN: 9780691000510
ISBN-10: 0691000514
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 21st November 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.52