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The Mehinaku : Drama of Life in a Brazilian Indian Village - Thomas Gregor

The Mehinaku

Drama of Life in a Brazilian Indian Village

Paperback Published: 1st January 1977
ISBN: 9780226307466
Number Of Pages: 398

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Thomas Gregor sees the Mehinaku Indians of central Brazil as performers of roles, engaged in an ongoing improvisational drama of community life. The layout of the village and the architecture of the houses make the community a natural theater in the round, rendering the villagers' actions highly visible and audible. Lacking privacy, the Mehinaku have become masters of stagecraft and impression management, enthusiastically publicizing their good citizenship while ingeniously covering up such embarrassments as extramarital affairs and theft.

List of Figures
List of Tables
The Dramaturgical Metaphor
The Tribes of the Upper Xingu and the Mehinaku Indians
The Setting for the Drama
Space, Settings, Designs
The Design for the Community and the Flow of Information
Institutions and Information
The Institutions and Strategies of Concealment
What Goes On Behind the Scenes: Games Children Play
Theft and How to Get Away with It
Extramarital Sex and Concealment
The Staging of Social Relationships
Being Well Dressed: Preparing for Interaction
Greetings and Goodbyes
Portraits of Self
Withdrawal and Disengagement
The Cycle of Seclusion
The Script for Social Life
The Mehinaku Concept of Social Roles
Mehinaku Kinship
Writing Your Own Ticket: Manipulating Kinship
Being a Mehinaku: Tribal Identity in the Xingu System
Spirits, Rituals, and Social Innovation
Dilemmas of Performance: Shamanism
Mehinaku Social Drama
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226307466
ISBN-10: 0226307468
Series: Drama of Daily Life in a Brazilian Indian Village
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: 1st January 1977
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.0  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Type: New edition