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Knowledge and Passion : Cambridge Studies in Cultural Systems - Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo

Knowledge and Passion

Cambridge Studies in Cultural Systems

Paperback Published: 23rd June 1980
ISBN: 9780521295628
Number Of Pages: 304

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Michelle Rosaldo presents an ethnographic interpretation of the life of the Ilongots, a group of some 3,500 hunters and horticulturists in Northern Luzon, Philippines. Her study focuses on headhunting, a practice that remained active among the Ilongots until at least 1972. Indigenous notions of "knowledge" and "passion" are crucial to the Ilongots' perceptions of their own social practices of headhunting, oratory, marriage, and the organization of subsistence labor. In explaining the significance of these key ideas, Professor Rosaldo examines what she considers to be the most important dimensions of Ilongot social relationships: the contrasts between men and women and between accomplished married men and bachelor youths. By defining "knowledge" and "passion" in the context of their social and affective significance, the author demonstrates the place of headhunting in historical and political processes, and shows the relation between headhunting and indigenous concepts of curing, reproduction, and health.

Theoretically oriented toward interpretive or symbolic ethnography, this book clarifies some of the ways in which the study of a language -- both vocabulary and patterns of usage -- is a study of a culture; the process of translation is presented as a method of cultural interpretation. Professor Rosaldo argues that an appreciation of the Ilongots' specific notions of "the self" and the emotional concepts associated with headhunting can illuminate central aspects of the group's social life.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Ilongotsp. 1
Aspects of fieldworkp. 13
Theoretical considerationsp. 20
Knowledge, passion, and the heartp. 31
The heartp. 36
The dynamics of emotionp. 44
Of songs and tapesp. 53
Knowledge, identity, and order in an egalitarian worldp. 61
Disruptions and the unknowing childp. 63
Following adultsp. 69
Language, skills, and commandsp. 72
Youthful peersp. 76
Knowledge, identity, and orderp. 85
Conclusion: 'Knowledge,' Burur, and his auntp. 92
Horticulture, hunting, and the 'height' of men's heartsp. 99
Horticulturep. 103
Huntingp. 111
'Preparations' for workp. 119
The 'height' of men's heartsp. 128
Conclusionp. 135
Headhunting: a tale of 'fathers,' 'brothers,' and 'sons'p. 137
'Fathers' and desiring 'sons'p. 138
Lives cycling: liget and agep. 148
Lovers and peersp. 159
Conclusion: 'Amet and 'anger'p. 173
Negotiating anger: oratory and the knowledge of adultsp. 177
Local cooperationp. 178
What is oratory?p. 188
'Knowledge,' 'passion,' and regulation through exchangep. 197
Exchanging liget and creating social tiesp. 207
Conclusion: Liget and the knowledge of adult menp. 216
Conclusion: Self and social lifep. 221
In summaryp. 223
Of comparison and contextp. 227
Final remarksp. 232
Ilongot phonologyp. 235
Glossaryp. 236
Notesp. 258
Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780521295628
ISBN-10: 0521295629
Series: Cambridge Studies in Cultural Systems
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 23rd June 1980
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43