Elusive Fragments

Making Power, Propriety, and Health in Samoa

Douglass D. Drozdow-St. Christian
eISBN-13: 9781531010614

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The body is a central reality of culture and a fundamental site at which culture is expressed in action and in thought. Yet anthropological analyses continue to regard the body as a cultural artifactsomething static, objectifiable, and removed from the everyday experiences of living in society. These are central ideas in the new book by Douglass Drozdow-St. Christian, Elusive Fragments: Making Power, Propriety, and Health in Samoa. In this book, the author argues for another way of thinking about the body and bodies. Based on ongoing field research in Samoa, the author describes everyday processes of village and family life as the primary sites through which the body works as an agent of cultural production. By locating the body as a process of awareness and enactment, he links it with Samoan concerns for dignity, humility, and strength, thereby illuminating central dynamics within Samoan culture.

This book is part of the Ethnographic Studies in Medical Anthropology Series, edited by Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.

Sold By Carolina Academic Press
ISBNs 9780890897461, 0890897468, 153101061X, 9781531010614
Language English
Number of Pages 286