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Knowledge and Passion

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ISBN-10: 0521295629

ISBN-13: 9780521295628

Edition: 1980

Authors: Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo

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Michelle Rosaldo presents an ethnographic interpretation of the life of the Ilongots, a group of some 3,500 hunters and horticulturists in Northern Luzon, Philippines. Her study focuces on headhunting, a practice that remained active among the Ilongots until at least 1972. Indigenous notions of 'knowledge' and 'passion' are crucial to the Ilongots' perceptions of their own social practices of headhunting, oratory, marriage, and the organization of subsistence labour. In explaining the significance of these key ideas, Professor Rosaldo examines what she considers to be the most important dimensions of Ilongot social relationships: the contrasts between men and women and between accomplished married men and bachelor youths. By defining 'knowledge' and 'passion' in the context of their social and affective significance, the author demonstrates the place of headhunting in historical and political processes, and shows the relation between headhunting and indigenous concepts of curing, reproduction, and health. Theoretically oriented toward interpretive of symbolic ethnography, this book clarifies some of the ways in which the study of a language - both vocabulary and patterns of usage - is a study of a culture; the process of translation is presented as a method of cultural interpretation. Professor Rosaldo argues that an appreciation of the Ilongots' specific notions of 'the self' and the emotional concepts associated with headhunting can illuminate central aspects of the group's social life.
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Book details

List price: $57.99
Copyright year: 1980
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/31/1980
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

The Ilongots
Aspects of fieldwork
Theoretical considerations
Knowledge, passion, and the heart
The heart
The dynamics of emotion
Of songs and tapes
Knowledge, identity, and order in an egalitarian world
Disruptions and the unknowing child
Following adults
Language, skills, and commands
Youthful peers
Knowledge, identity, and order
Conclusion: 'Knowledge,' Burur, and his aunt
Horticulture, hunting, and the 'height' of men's hearts
'Preparations' for work
The 'height' of men's hearts
Headhunting: a tale of 'fathers,' 'brothers,' and 'sons'
'Fathers' and desiring 'sons'
Lives cycling: liget and age
Lovers and peers
Conclusion: 'Amet and 'anger'
Negotiating anger: oratory and the knowledge of adults
Local cooperation
What is oratory?
'Knowledge,' 'passion,' and regulation through exchange
Exchanging liget and creating social ties
Conclusion: Liget and the knowledge of adult men
Conclusion: Self and social life
In summary
Of comparison and context
Final remarks
Ilongot phonology