Perhaps one of the most widely read anthropological essays, “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” by Clifford Geertz is available. Shortly after the election, I taught “Notes on a Balinese Cockfight” to my Anthropological Theory class, as I always do, at that point in the. “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.

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Accessed December 31, The election has illuminated our cultural pecking order. Yes, he cockkfight about cocks exactly for the reason you think. Ethnographic theory digest Vol. The cocks are both symbolic and real. Cockfights were generally illegal in Indonesia when Geertz was doing his fieldwork there in the s.

Cultural Reader: Clifford Geertz: “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” – summary and review

During the s, commentaries on the Balinese cockfight essay have become quite common, developing, for the most part, in apparent independence…. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

Much as I respect bailnese, this is just plain wrong. Fighting always takes place between people and cocks from opposing social groups family, clan, village etc.

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Further, the Supreme Court defense of same-gendered unions? The “deep play” of the Balinese cockfight, says Geertz, is like artworks which illustrate an essential balindse into our very existence. Except this is not a short story.

The title of the essay is explained as a concept of British philosopher Jeremy Bentham —who defines “deep play” as a game with stakes so high that no rational person would engage in it. But it also behooves us to think about the consequences in the material reality of such alignment between substance and symbol, cock and cock, man and ideology, Trump and the patriarchy. Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” is one of Clifford Geertz’s most influential articles which illustrates not only the meaning 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.


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We ran down the main village street, northward, away from where we were living, for we were on that side of the ring. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. 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:. Cockfigut Geertz — was an American anthropologist and sociologist, who wrote extensively on traditional cultures and religions in Southeast Asia and North America.

In ritualistic moments of such synthesis, magical power can be deployed. Roney Wilson December 30, at 3: In some ways Bslinese is one of the most well known anthropologists outside of the discipline, but my sense is that his influence within the discipline itself has waned. State Department employees are fearful that they are being targeted for work on gender related staffing, programming, and funding.

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Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight by Clifford Geertz

The first cockfight that he and his wife bailnese was broken up by the police. When an archetype is virtually merged with that which it signifies, to the point of word slippage around a homonym, we have critical skills training to acknowledge that a point is being made, and symbolically exaggerated, for effect.


However the fight, according to Geertz, is not between individuals but is rather a simulation of the social structure of kinship and social groups. Geertz notices, articulates, and illustrates a conceptual problem then ends with no how-to program for solving the problem he raises.

This is not hyperbole.

But it is a momentary gain or lost, the statues is only gained or lost momentarily following the fight but is maintained in the long run, with cockfights assisting in making sure of that. In The Interpretation of Cultures Geertz explicitly contrasts his position that symbols are found in public behavior with public meanings to psychological approaches that equate culture with mental models Ward Goodenough or subconscious emotions Culture and Personality studies influenced by Freudthus making culture invisible or a theoretical artifact created by the observer.

In the case of the Balinese cockfight, a deep fight is one in which results are unpredictable, the odds are more even and the bets are more balanced. The native is not the only one affected by this context.

The problem is to learn how to read them, not to decipher something else going on behind the scenes.