People of the Sea
Identity and Descent Among the Vezo of Madagascar
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People of the Sea by Rita Astuti
Book DescriptionThe Vezo, a fishing people of western Madagascar, are known as 'the people who struggle with the sea'. Dr Astuti explores their identity showing that it is established through what people do rather than being determined by descent. Vezo identity is a 'way of doing' rather than a 'state of being', performative rather than ethnic. However, her innovative analysis of Vezo kinship also uncovers an opposite form of identity based on descent, which she argues is the identity of the dead. By looking at key mortuary rituals that engage the relationship between the living and the dead, Dr Astuti develops a dual model of the Vezo person: the one defined contextually in the present, the other determined by the past.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521024730
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rita Astuti
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Anthropology seems to shy away from the big, comparative questions that ordinary people in many societies find compelling. This title contains essays that explore birth, death and sexuality, puzzles about the relationship between science and religion, questions about the nature of ritual, work and genocide, and our personal fears and desires.
Constraints on Conceptual Development, Paperback (February 2005)
Based on the results of a collaboration between an anthropologist and two developmental psychologists, this monograph unites two literatures that make different tacit assumptions about the nature of conceptual development.
People of the Sea, Hardback (March 1995)» View all books by Rita Astuti
A study of the Vezo fishing people which examines their definition of their own identity.
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