Edward Schieffelin

Edward Schieffelin
University College London | UCL · Department of Anthropology

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PhD

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Introduction
Edward Schieffelin is currently Reader Emeritus at the Department of Anthropology, University College London. Edward has done research in Historical and Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology,and symbolic anthropology.

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Publications (41)
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Esta é uma breve revisão crítica de Edward Schieffelin – autor da etnografia The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers (1976) – acerca das conexões entre a perspectiva da performance e as teorias das ciências sociais. O argumento do o autor se concentra nos problemas da pressuposição de uma só relação performer/plateia à moda ocidenta...
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This article takes an epistemological approach to link the anthropological concept of participation mystique with fundamental dimensions of ordinary life experience which give us a sense of a real world.
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This classic ethnography, now in its second edition, describes the traditional way of life of the Kaluli, a tropical forest people of Papua New Guinea. The book takes as its focus the nostalgic and violent Gisalo ceremony, one of the most remarkable performances in the anthropological literature. Tracking the major symbolic and emotional themes of...
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originally presented in performative form. In its highest aspiration, it would be the attempt to record transparently and objectively in writing every significant detail of a performance, including the tone and emphasis, pacing and synchronization, and momentum and intensity of events, in the order in which they occur. A transcript differs consider...
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Kaluli refrain from courses of action that presume too much on another’s generosity, frustrate his legitimate expectations, or trespass on his interests. This is because they fear his anger. An act of lashing out in anger among the Kaluli has a directly reciprocal meaning. In the West, we tend to view a strike in anger in its punitive aspect: a neg...
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Gisaro dancers sing about streams and garden sites and places in the forest. Kaluli relationship to their land—the way they perceive it and feel about it—is fundamentally important to understanding their experience.
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Kaluli themselves do not talk about reciprocity or “opposition scenarios” as such. These are my own constructs intended to clarify the implications and significance of Kaluli behavior. Now it is time to examine how they themselves perceive their lives and express the concerns important to them.
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The first Europeans to visit the region of the Great Papuan Plateau, Jack Hides and Jim O’Malley, led a patrol from the Strickland River to the Purari River in 1934 and 1935. Traveling northward up the Strickland, they turned east and approached the Bosavi region along the Rentoul (Isawa) River. At the confluence of the northern and eastern branche...
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What, then, is Gisaro all about? The songs project the members of the audience back along their lives, through images of places they have known in the past. As a visiting government interpreter once remarked to me, “It is their memory.” Tragic situations are renewed, allowing people to take account of them once more and settle them in their hearts...
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The significance of alo bana hanan —the splitting of the house— runs deeper than simply the members of a house group splitting to support opposite sides in some dispute. It also refers to the fundamental relationship among all things in the world. The Kaluli believe that all things had their origin at a time in the distant past known as hena madali...
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Kaluli society is basically egalitarian. It consists of a number of loosely knit residence communities (longhouses) that lack important corporate groups, roles of authority, and specialized jural and political institutions. A person’s sense of obligation and his appeals for assistance or support are directed primarily toward particular individuals...
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Kaluli may gather with relatives and friends to eat and converse around a firebox in the big aa misen, but there are usually other people around and the atmosphere lacks the relaxed informality that prevails in a small sago camp or garden house. These places— the small aa built by one or two men for their families at a garden some distance from the...
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Places on familiar lands are significant because they are the context for relationships and shared activities. Most of the people with whom a Kaluli person interacts daily, and upon whom he relies for assistance and support throughout most of his life, are those he counts as kinsmen and affines. The way Kaluli carry out relationships with these oth...
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Kaluli stage their ceremonies most often to celebrate occasions when they formally create or affirm friendly relations with people in other longhouse communities: typically, marriages or major prestations of meat. Big prestations, where pigs are killed or huge packages of sago grubs are exchanged for smoked game, take some months to prepare. Each s...
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As evening falls, torches are lit in the aa. When word is received that the Gisaro dancers are ready, the Ilib Kuwo, who have been dancing with drums in the aa all afternoon, cease and dismantle their costumes. With the end of their constant drumming, an awkward, restless quiet pervades the aa. By now the interior is crowded with people (aa bisc an...
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The Contemporary Pacific 14.2 (2002) 521-523 The papers in this collection (and a forthcoming companion volume) were originally presented at an Australian National University conference on the effects of industrial mining on the cultures of indigenous peoples. This, the first volume, specifically concerns the confrontation between traditional indig...
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This essay analyses the cultural and historical processes involved in the emergence of Evil Spirit Sickness, a form of mental or behavioral derangement that appeared among the Bosavi people of Papua New Guinea during a period of intense Christian evangelization and religious excitement. It explores the emergence of the disorder both as a form of ps...
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Accounts of first contact in Papua New Guinea have aroused considerable interest over the years (Hides 1936; Leahy and Crain 1937; Nelson 1982; Connelly and Anderson 1987; Schieffelin and Crittenden 1991). No doubt, this has been in part because these accounts have an intrinsic drama and popular romantic appeal (intrepid explorers enter remote moun...
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Creativity and play erupt in the most solemn of everyday worlds as individuals reshape traditional forms in the light of changing historical circumstances. In this lively volume, fourteen distinguished anthropologists explore the role of creativity in social life across the globe and within the study of ethnography itself. Dedicated to the memory...
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Recent discussions of the efficacy of ritual performances emphasize that the transformation of the self and the social state of the participants is closely bound to changes in symbolic meaning within the ritual. I examine the limitations of this meaning-centered approach by showing that in the Kaluli curing séances, the force of the transformation...
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One night five years after completing my first field work I had a disturbing dream. In it I returned to my original field site in the Bosavi region of Papua New Guinea to discover that the vast tropical forest with its patches of gardens and isolated longhouses had disappeared. In its place was a sprawling development with rows of tract houses, pav...
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Recent studies of the symbolic aspects of exchange have either focused on the act of prestation as a rhetorical gesture in the communication of influence, or stress the symbolism of objects of exchange and view transactions as culturally expressive statements or modes of managing meaning to gain socially or politically defined ends. The internal sy...
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Cet essai montre comment les mediums kaluli des Southern Highlands, par la mediation d'evenements pendant les seances, contribuent implicitement a l'interpretation et a l'innovation des circonstances historiques. Les mediums kaluli tiennent traditionnellement des seances pour guerir les malades et permettre des conversations avec les esprits. Les s...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Chicago, 1972. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 507-509). Master microfiche held by: CUS. Microfiche. s

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