Chapter 6/ Centers, Kings, and Charisma: Reflections on the Symbolics of Power .. thinks about what the Balinese think, and what Geertz thinks about that). with Hildred Geertz, Lawrence Rosen, and Paul Hyman. Meaning and Order in . LK/CKC “Centers, Kings, and Charisma: Reflections on the Symbolics of. royal progress: no fixed place, no fixed time. – continuous symbolic progress: mahalla (=court-in motion) where the king had to “make his.

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I called this activity, for purposes rather broader than those immediate to the essay, “the social history of the moral imagination,” meaning by that the tracing out of the way in which our sense of ourselves and others ourselves amidst others is affected not only by our traffic with our own cultural forms but to a significant extent by the characterization of Introduction 9 forms not immediately ours by anthropologists, critics, historians, and so on, who make them, reworked and redirected, derivatively ours.

Michael Foucalt discusses the traditions and implications of torture and execution in his groundbreaking work, Discipline and Punishment. Maxwell, Lords of centerz Atlas New York,pp. V So much, anyway, for examples. The magic was perceived in terms of another famous North African idea: The Sultan had become an old man.

However, how would Geertz explain the charisma of revolutionaries or separatist movements? So, unless we are willing to settle for a few embroidery mottoes of the eating-people-is-wrong variety, do we.

Wayang-ing there is no other suitable verb is, Becker says, a mode of text building, a way of putting symbols together to construct an expression. It is not, after all, standing outside the social order in some excited kingz of self-regard that makes a political leader numinous but a deep, intimate involvement–affirming or abhorring, defensive or destructive–in the master fictions by which that order lives.

In the final two essays or, more accurately, an essay and a three-part mini-treatise I turn to this problem. Taken together they conduce to a nervous and nervous-making centees of interpretation in the social sciences that mixes a strong sense of the formal orderliness of things with an equally strong sense of the radical arbitrariness of that order: He is, as countless fharisma into the masque-world of Bali have been since, hopelessly bewitched by the soft loveliness of what he sees.

From Wittgenstein has come the notion of intentional action as “following a rule”; from Huizinga, of play as the paradigm form of collective life; from von Neumann and Mor genstern, of social behavior as a reciprocative maneuvering toward distributive payoffs. All this is perhaps acceptable enough for traditional monarchies, where, the symbolics of domination are so elaborate and egregious; whether extending the comparison to modern states, as I do in a rather hurried and anecdotal conclusion, strains the analogy beyond reasonable bounds is a more difficult question.


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If, as I have, you construct accounts of how somebody or other Moroccan poets, Elizabethan politicians, Balinese peasants, or American lawyers glosses experience and then draw from those accounts of those glosses some conclusions about expression, power, identity, or justice, you feel at each stage fairly well away from the standard styles of demonstration. And the impossibility of collapsing these so very different things into one another at any but the most abstract, and vacuous, levels “objects of beauty,” “affective presences,” “expressive forms” suggests that a universalist tack is hardly more promising.

Houdas, Le Maroc de par Ezziani Amsterdam,pp. Ethnology Addresses, essays, lectures.

And it was these fragments a world view in droplets that the memoirists of the war tried, through the inversion of one received genre or another, to’bring together into a once centeers graspable whole: The court-in-motion was referred to either as a mehallaliterally, “way station,” “camp,” “stopover,” or as a harkaliterally, “movement,” “stirring,” “action,” depending upon whether one wanted to emphasize the governmental or military aspects of it.

Philology, the text-centered study of language, as contrasted to linguistics, which is speech-centered, has of course traditionally been concerned cetners making ancient or geerrtz or esoteric documents accessible to those for whom they are ancient or foreign or esoteric.

Social History of Moral Kints 41 ters as the splendid incineration of illustrious corpses and dutiful widows on a remote island some years ago. However that may be, it is, this catching of “their” views in “our” vocabularies, one of those things like riding a bicycle that is easier done than said.

Yet the individuating details, the sort of thing that makes A Winter’s Tale different from Measure for Measure, Macbeth from Hamlet, are left to encyclopedic empiricism: Indeed, as I have suggested, it rather brings them more disturbingly to notice.

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In it is Bristol’s turn there is a mock battle in which a small fort called “Feeble Policy” is captured by a large one called “Perfect Beauty”. All the essays below are ethnographically informed or, God knows, misinformed reflections on general topics, the sort of matters philosophers might address from more conjectural foundations, critics from more textual ones, or historians from more inductive ones.


Dunn, Resistance in the Desert Madison, Wisconsin,who stresses the king’s desire to stabilize the Tafilalet against French incursion as a motive for the trip. As the conflict swells to crisis and the excited fluidity of heightened emotion, where people feel at once more enclosed in a common mood and loosened from their social moorings, ritualized forms of authority litigation, feud, sacrifice, prayer are invoked to contain it and render it orderly.

What one will find is a number of actual interpretations of something, anthropologizing formulations of what I take to be some of the broader implications of those interpretations, and a recurring cycle of terms symbol, meaning, conception, chwrisma, text When major cultural lines are traversed in the process of interpretive reworking, a different sense of discovery is produced: The struggle with local big men was not necessarily violent or even usually so Schaar quotes the popular maxim that the king chagisma ninety-nine ruses, of which firearms were but the hundredthbut it was unending, especially for an ambitious king, one who wished to make a state–one scuffle, one intrigue, one negotiation succeeded by another.

There are a number of implications of such a glowing-center view of the matter Charismatic figures can arise in any realm of life that is sufficiently focused to seem vital–in science or art as readily as in religion or politics. Canto 17, stanza 3.

Geertz, “Kings, Centers, and Charisma” – Videri

Four or five stops are described in detail; but there must have been ten or fifteen times that many. To demonstrate this, I first described, rather telegraphically, the concepts of selfhood I had found current in central Java, south Bali, and mid-atlas Morocco and, even more telegraphically, the broader frames of thought and action in which those conceptions flourished. After a Latin oration by a schoolboy in Saint Paul’s churchyard, the queen proceeded to Fleet Street, where she found, of all people, Deborah, “the judge and restorer of the house of Israel,” enthroned upon a tower shaded by a palm tree and surrounded by six persons, two each representing the nobility, the clergy, and the commonalty.