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Visayan Vignettes

Ethnographic Traces of a Philippine Island

"To read the book is to appreciate the highly contingent, provisional, oblique, open-ended way in which people try to make "sense" of another culture."—Resil B. Mojares, Philippine Graphic

"This book is an interestingly complex ethnography that approaches the self-critical dialectical ethnography called for two decades ago....It is a welcome contribution to postmodernist theory and to the ethnography of the Visayas."—Ronald Provencher, Journal of Asian Studies

246 pages | 19 halftones, 13 line drawings, 2 maps | 6 x 9 | © 1992

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note on Language
Dramatis Personae
1. Prologue: Ang mga hulagway sa kabisaya-an, or Visayan Vignettes
2. Auntie Diding
3. Imagine an Island
4. A Touristic Attraction
5. Full Provincial Status
6. Auntie Diding’s Household
7. Views from Afar
8. Two Brothers, a Field, and Fifty Coconut Palms
9. Conflict of Interpretation
10. Ned and Minay
11. A Lame Story
12. Of Fish and Men
13. The Just-So Story of a Tilting Umbrella
14. Big Bills
15. Forgetting Relatives
16. A Name of Repute
17. Good with Numbers
18. Feeling, Dreaming, Remembering
19. Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

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