In the Realm of the Diamond Queen

ISBN-10: 0691000514

ISBN-13: 9780691000510

Edition: 1994

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Description: 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 Queenwill prove to be a model for thinking and writing about gender, power, and the politics of identity.

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/21/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Preface
Opening: In the Realm of the Diamond Queen
Politics of the Periphery
Marginal Fictions
Government Headhunters
Family Planning
A Science of Travel
Leadership Landscapes
Conditions of Living
On the Boundary of the Skin
Riding the Horse of Gaps
Alien Romance
Riding, Writing
The History of the World
Reprise
Notes
References Cited
Index
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