Imagining the Course of Life: Self-Transformation in a Shan Buddhist Community

Imagining the Course of Life: Self-Transformation in a Shan Buddhist Community

by Nancy Eberhardt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0824830172

ISBN-13: 9780824830175

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The

Drawing on long-term fieldwork in a Shan village in northern Thailand, Nancy Eberhardt illustrates how indigenous theories of the life course are connected to local constructions of self and personhood. In the process, she draws our attention to contrasting models in the Euro-American tradition and invites us to reconsider how we think about the trajectory of a

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Drawing on long-term fieldwork in a Shan village in northern Thailand, Nancy Eberhardt illustrates how indigenous theories of the life course are connected to local constructions of self and personhood. In the process, she draws our attention to contrasting models in the Euro-American tradition and invites us to reconsider how we think about the trajectory of a human life. Bringing together work from the fields of psychological anthropology, cultural history, and Southeast Asian studies, Imagining the Course of Life speaks to a wide range of readers and will be of interest to students and scholars of anthropology, religious studies, human development, and moral philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824830175
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
767,858
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Note on Transcription xiii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Spirits, Souls, and Selves: The Body as a Contested Site 28

Chapter 3 Souls into Spirits: Death as Self-Transformation 46

Chapter 4 Domesticating the Self 72

Chapter 5 Maintaining Health and Well-Being 101

Chapter 6 Marking Maturity: The Negotiation of Social Inequalities at Midlife 124

Chapter 7 The Ethnopsychology of Aging and Overall Development 147

Chapter 8 Imagined Lives 171

Notes 179

Glossary 191

References 195

Index 201

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