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Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines
by Fenella Cannell and Meyer Fortes and Edmund Leach




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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.

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Overview

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.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780521646222
  • ISBN-10: 0521646227
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: March 1999
  • Page Count: 344
  • Dimensions: 8.97 x 6.04 x 0.83 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.22 pounds

Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology #109

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