TITLE

DARK TREMBLING: ETHNOGRAPHIC NOTES ON SECRECY AND CONCEALMENT IN HIGHLAND SULAWESI

AUTHOR(S)
George, Kenneth M.
PUB. DATE
October 1993
SOURCE
Anthropological Quarterly;Oct93, Vol. 66 Issue 4, p230
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This ethnographic commentary explores the role of secrecy and concealment in a minority religious community in highland Sulawesi (Indonesia), and their place in the construction of ethnographic discourse. Discussion shows how a "'culture of concealment" has emerged as a practical and realistic response to encroaching ideologies and social formations since the pre-colonial era. At the same time, the political use of secrecy takes its idioms from ritual practice, a site in which concealment may have "ontological" signficance. These dimensions of secrecy shaped the ethnographic dialogue between researcher and hosts, and highlight the need for a critical and reflexive anthropology to ground itself in the sociohistorical concerns of those whom ethnographers study.
ACCESSION #
9402020241

 

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