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People of the Sea Identity and Descent among the Vezo of Madagascar

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ISBN-10: 0521024730

ISBN-13: 9780521024730

Edition: 2006

Authors: Rita Astuti, Meyer Fortes, Edmund Leach, Jack Goody, Stanley Tambiah

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The Vezo are fishing people of western Madagascar. The identity of the Vezo is not fixed by descent; rather, it is established by what they do. They are people of the sea, distinguished from the farmers around them by their economic specialism. Ethnicity is usually thought to be a consequence of inborn qualities acquired by descent, and Astuti explores the consequences of ascribing ethnic identity with reference to economic activity. Her analysis reveals that only in the cult of the dead does descent become critical, and her argument in this innovative analysis of Vezo kinship is that the people distinguish two models of the person: one determined by the past, and the other defined…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Acting Vezo in the present
People without wisdom
Avoiding ties and bonds
Kinship in the present and in the future
Separating life from death
Working for the dead
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