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AUB 102b Anca Costea Professor Clifford Hallam Date Due February 23 Cockfighting as a Way of Reading Balinese Culture in Geertzs Deep Play A community can be read as a text Claude Lvi-Strauss Clifford Geertz in Deep Play Notes on the Balinese Cockfight p 224 argues that the cockfights are a Balinese reading of Balinese experience a story they tell themselves about themselves These events are not simply cockfights but can be seen as a narrative saying something about something Geertzs analysis of cockfighting demonstrates a way of seeing and interpreting a feature of a culture Geertz submerses himself into the villagers daily lives studying and gathering information from communication with natives and observations of the connection between their lives and the cockfighting ritual Consequently though from the standpoint of an outsider Geertz introduces the readers into the underlying depth art and complexity of the Balinese culture and society by analyzing the cockfighting ritual Upon his arrival in Bali Clifford Geertz investigates Balinese culture Given the importance of acceptance in the society he is about to study he confronts an unexpected reception Everyone ignored us in a way only a Balinese can do People seemed to look right through usGeertz 364 This situation changed radically when Geertz and his wife attended a Balinese cockfight and ran with the rest during the raid As cockfights were forbidden Geertz broke the law by attending such a fight and he also avoided responsibility by fleeing the scene This brought him recognition in the eyes of the Balinese and most important acceptance By presenting his documents to the police Geertz would have avoided arrest consequently the villagers would have ignored him and remained uncooperative By running he showed solidarity and became one of the people an honorary member of the cockfighting fraternity In this way a closed reluctant community suddenly welcomed the foreign social scientist and writer To provide the social-historical context Clifford Geertz explains the impact of the
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