Fluid Signs: Being a Person the Tamil Way

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University of California Press, Sep 23, 1987 - Social Science - 320 pages
Fluid Signs is the product of anthropological fieldwork carried out among Tamil-speaking villagers in a Hindu village in Southern India. Combining a richness of ethnographic detail with a challenging and innovative theoretical analysis, Daniel argues that symbolic anthropologists have yet to appreciate the multifaceted function of the sign and its role in the creation of culture. This provocative study underscores the need for Western intellectual traditions in general and anthropology in particular to deepen its discourse with South Asian cultural and religious thought.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
An Ur Known
61
A House Conceived
105
Sexuality Exposed
163
Kunams Divined
182
A Theoretical Interlude
227
Equilibrium Regained
233
A Différant Conclusion
288
Bibliography
303
Index
313
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E. Valentine Daniel is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and coeditor of Culture/Contexture (California, 1995).

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