clifford geertz: “deep play: notes on the balinese cockfight” summary and review to start form the bottom line, clifford geertz’s essential notion expressed in. “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” is one of Clifford Geertz’s most influential articles which illustrates not only the meaning of a given. Perhaps one of the most widely read anthropological essays, “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” by Clifford Geertz is available.

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Rola brings up an interesting point. It is a symbolic manufactured representation of something very real in our social life. Is any of what Roseberry is saying new? Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” is that a people’s culture is an ensemble of rituals which are in themselves ensembles, and these texts are what the anthropologist is trying to decipher. With bets fairly even in the case of a deep fights, financial gain is not the center of the event, but rather everything which is expressed in the concept of “status”.

In the case of the Balinese cockfight, a xockfight fight is one in which results are unpredictable, the odds are more even and the bets are more balanced.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sure, we can find plenty cockfivht things wrong with geertzz now, but it remains pretty incredible: Cockfights are illegal and the sudden appearance of the police during one of the first fights Geertz and his wife witnessed sent everyone scurrying home: It is a society’s manner of speaking to itself about itself, and is therefore of prime interest for the anthropologist.

For Geertz, culture is mainly psychological and personal. You are commenting using your Facebook nohes. Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” — summary and review. From January 7 it will veertz open as usual. To learn that Balinese lose themselves in cockfights, which are, at least from one perspective, exemplars of selves they want to be, victors in short, bloody, violent conflicts that elevate status nnotes contribute to our understanding of why Bali, now normally seen as a beautiful tourist trap inhabited by lovely people with an extraordinary level of self-control, was, shortly after WWII, the scene of massacres that killed I need to check the numbers around 80, people.

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When he talks about culture as text, the text is fully material, like words printed in a book.

Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight

Geertz was one of the most influential figures in symbolic and interpretive anthropology. Like a lot of people I read the Balinese cockfight article in my anthropological youth and I remember enjoying it although the Person, Time, and Conduct essay in that same volume was the one that really captured my attention.

Not only was he there, but he was embraced by the members of the society who loved his clumsy ways. The fights both represent and take part in forming the social and cultural structure of the Balinese people which are dramatized through the cockfight.

Geertz distinguishes “deep fights”, with high wages, and “shallow fights”, usually with low wages of both gambling and prestige.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The problem is to learn how to read them, not to decipher something else going on behind the scenes.

To start form the bottom line, Clifford Geertz ‘s essential notion expressed in ” Deep Play: You are commenting using your WordPress. One defp that I always wonder about the cockfight essay is what Balinese people always think about it.

The amounts of money and status involved in the very brief cockfights make Balinese cockfighting “deep play.

Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight by Clifford Geertz

Much as I respect oneman, this is just plain wrong. Alsia timon February 8, at Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” is one of Clifford Geertz’s most influential articles which illustrates not only the geretz of a given cultural phenomenon, the Balinese cockfight, but also Geertz’s interpretative approach that sees a culture as a set of texts to be read by the anthropologist.

It is as if everything they do could be considered the basis of a deep play, the only means compatible with their lifestyle and way of thinking. It was, moreover, still possible for people who talked too openly about certain topics to get a knock on the door in the middle of the night. We constantly argue the superiority of the West, but at a closer look we seem to come out empty handed from our search for deep play. On December 31 and January 1 the Museum is closed.


For Balinese men, cockfights are what golf, racing and poker are to Americans, a high stakes venture in which masculinity, money and social status are reaffirmed.

Just like in the West, the cock in Bali symbolizes masculinity, and the rules of cockfights in every village are passed down egertz generations along with other legal traditions. This explains to some extent the rules behind a cockfight, particularly the fact that the winner is obliged to take the carcass of the dead cock and cook it for his family. Geertz shows how the Balinese cockfight serves as a cultural text which embodies, at least a portion of, what the real meaning of being Balinese is.

I suppose Geertz would admit that the interpretive process is heavily determined by all sort of outside factors, but he rarely makes this a factor in his writing. Sennett — The Craftsman in links, no particular order. The idea of culture as a set of symbols that we cockkfight back and forth seems almost custom-designed to avoid the kinds of political economic analysis Rola and myself would like to see. It seems important to remember that Geertz was himself formed under Talcott Parsons, and that Interpretation of Culture geretz the big break with that tradition Religion of Java being pretty different.