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The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers

Authors: Schieffelin, E.

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This classic ethnography, now in its second edition, describes the traditional way of life of the Kaluli, a tropical forest people of Papua New Guinea. The book takes as its focus the nostalgic and violent Gisalo ceremony, one of the most remarkable performances in the anthropological literature. Tracking the major symbolic and emotional themes of the ceremony to their sources in everyday Kaluli life, Schieffelin shows how the central values and passions of Kaluli experience are governed by the basic forms of social reciprocity. However, Gisaro reveals that social reciprocity is not limited to the dynamics of transaction, obligation and alliance. It emerges, rather, as a mode of symbolic action and performative form, embodying a cultural scenario which shapes Kaluli emotional experience and moral sensibility and permeates their understanding of the human condition.

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EDWARD SCHIEFFELIN is Reader Emeritus at University College London, UK. He received his BA in Physics and Philosophy from Yale University in 1960 and his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1972. He has spent more than five years among the Kaluli (Bosavi) people in Papua New Guinea since 1966.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Schieffelin, Edward L.

    Pages 1-17

  • Ceremonies and Reciprocity

    Schieffelin, Edward L.

    Pages 18-28

  • In the Shadow of the Mountain

    Schieffelin, Edward L.

    Pages 29-44

  • I’m Sorry, Brother, I Don’t Eat That

    Schieffelin, Edward L.

    Pages 45-71

  • Organizing Actions: Those at the House and Those Who Came

    Schieffelin, Edward L.

    Pages 72-92

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8179-0
DOI
10.1057/9781403981790
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6789-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6606-3
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXVI, 244
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