Contentment and Suffering Culture and Experience in Toraja

ISBN-10: 0231084234

ISBN-13: 9780231084239

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Description: Contentment and Suffering,a psychocultural ethnography of the Toraja wet-rice farmers of Indonesia, provides a rich portrait of Torajan life and contributes to debates on the relationship between culture and individual psychology. Hollan and Wellenkamp describe the central aspects of Torajan personal experience -emotion, identity, and sense of self- and a variety of fascinating cultural practices, including possession trance, kickfights, elaborate mortuary customs, dream interpretation, and buffalo sacrifice. Presenting exceptionally detailed ethnographic data through a person-centered perspective and extensive use of open-ended interviews, Contentment and Sufferingengagingly expresses how the Toraja understand their lives.

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/18/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 313
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Douglas W. Hollan is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles.Jane C. Wellenkamp is Assistant Research Anthropologist in the Anthropology Department of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Methodological Developments in Psychocultural Anthropology
A Strategy for Psychocultural Research: The Open Interview
An Overview of Toraja Culture and Society
The Interview Situation
The "Respondents"
Organization and Major Themes
Notes on Translations and Style
Basic Psychocultural Orientations
Religious, Moral, and Philosophical Orientations
Spiritual Beings
Village Christianity
Notions of Fate and Fortune
Notions of Order and Disorder
The Value of Social Unity and Interdependency
The Moral Person
Aspects of Interpersonal Relationships
The Nature and Basis of Attachments
Focal Relationships
Vertical Versus Horizontal Relationships
Insiders Versus Outsiders
Aspects of Identity and Self
Collective identity
Village, Family, and Class Identity
Adult Identity
Religious Affiliation
Gender
Individual Differences and Family Resemblances
Presentation of Self
Sense of Vulnerability
Self-Assertion
Self-Evaluation and Changes in the Self
Identification of the Self with Others
Mental States and Processes
Notions of Spirit or Soul
Dreams and Dreaming
Sense Perception
Thinking and Feeling
Losses and Transformations of Consciousness
Morality and Conscience
Suffering
Prevalent Interpersonal Concerns and Anxieties
Being Robbed
Being Tricked and Deceived
Being Gossiped About and Slandered
Unfaithfulness of a Spouse
Being the Victim of Magic
Dysphoria and Disorder
Rumination, Anxiety, and Distress
Somatic Complaints
Disturbing Dreams
Suicide
Mental Disturbances
Coping With Disorder and Dysphoria
Emotion Work
Making Amends
Other Approaches to Healing
Culture and Experience in Toraja
Afterword
Appendix: Checklist of Open Interview Topics
Notes
Glossary
References
Index
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