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Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines

Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines

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  • Date Published: April 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521646222

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  • The lowland Philippines, in contrast to the apparently "exotic", "tribal" areas, has for many years been thought of as a strangely Westernized place, without a cultural life of its own. This innovative and important book shows that this perception is a myth, which reflects our own obsessions with defining culture and identity as something "unchanging." Through an absorbing account of arranged marriages, miraculous saint cults, spirit mediumship and gay beauty contests, the author describes the unexpectedness of daily life in rural Bicol and the resilience and imagination of the Filipino poor.

    • Original material which is considered innovatory, influential, and pioneering by other specialists in this field
    • Draws on and synthesises approaches from British and American anthropology
    • Has a much wider scope than most monographs and is elegantly written
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    Awards

    • Power and Intimacy in the Christian Phillipines has won the Harry J. Benda prize given by The Association of Asian Studies for 2001

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    "Cannell provides a reading of Bicolano culture that encompasses a history of colonialism and an explication of the ways that awareness of power and powerlessness infuses daily life." Choice

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    • Date Published: April 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521646222
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Glossary
    Note on language and names
    Introduction: mountains and plains
    Part I. Marriage:
    1. Marriage stories: speaking of reluctance and control
    2. Kinship and the ritualisation of marriage
    Part II. Healing and the Spirits:
    3. Introduction: healing and the 'people who have nothing'
    4. Spirit mediums and spirit-companions
    5. Spirit mediums and seance forms: changing relations to the spirit world
    6. Coda: the birthday-parties of the spirits
    Part III. Saints and the Dead:
    7. The living and the dead
    8. The funeral of the 'dead Christ'
    9. Kinship, reciprocity and devotions to the saints
    Part IV. Beauty Contests:
    10. Beauty and the idea of 'America'
    11. Conclusion: oppression, pity and transformation
    Appendix
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Fenella Cannell, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Awards

    • Power and Intimacy in the Christian Phillipines has won the Harry J. Benda prize given by The Association of Asian Studies for 2001

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