New PDF release: Toraja: Misadventures of an Anthropologist in Sulawesi,

By Nigel Barley

ISBN-10: 9814423475

ISBN-13: 9789814423472

In 1985, Dr. Nigel Barley, senior anthropologist on the British Museum, trigger for the really unknown Indonesian island of Sulawesi looking for the Toraja, a humans whose tradition comprises headhunting, transvestite monks and the bloodbath of buffalo. In witty and finely crafted prose, Barley deals interesting perception into the folks of Sulawesi and he recounts the story of the 4 Torajan woodcarvers he invitations again to London to build an Indonesian rice barn within the British Museum. formerly released as "Not a damaging Sport".

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Meanwhile signs of popular resistance are apparent as movements for protection of the environment, animal rights and vegetarianism become prominent. F o o d scares, eating disorders and obsession with body shape equally suggest enhanced concern, and often anxiety, about food. All these processes are widely acknowledged, recognized and discussed. Together they constitute prima facie evidence of rapid and fundamental change. However, sociological analysis needs to be sceptical of common sense. Some of these shifts may not be as extensive as they at first appear.

Initially, the most plausible interpretation of their relationship is that greater variety is a consequence of the decline of social class. In the long run, since the 18th century, that thesis is hard to resist (see also Burnett, 1989), but whether it accounts for change during the 20th century is contestable, for it is neither clearly 1 2 The New Manners of Food 29 demonstrated nor explained. Greater affluence means that people are able to afford a wider range of products, providing that is what they desire.

Second, class differences could give way to other dimensions of social-structural variation, leading to new social contrasts that reflect new types of social division. Or, third, it could lead to a more uniform national diet. Of course, the third is not consistent with 'increasing variation', if that term is genuinely describing consumer behaviour. By suggesting in various places all three outcomes, his formulation is rendered indeterminate. Other accounts of changing food habits, examined in the next section, give support to each of four possible outcomes.

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