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Drawing on the theories of Luigi Pirandello and Ludwig Wittgenstein, Migliore argues that mal'uocchiu, and by implication other folk constructs, is like a character in search of an author to give it 'form' or 'meaning.' The book begins by considering the indeterminate nature of the evil-eye complex. Migliore proposes that this indeterminacy allows people to create myriad alternative meanings and messages to define and make sense of their personal experiences. He then examines how the evil eye relates to Sicilian-Canadian conceptions of health and illness, and discusses treatment and prevention strategies. Throughout the study, the author blends context-setting, case studies, personal recollection, and interpretation to provide readers with an accessible, alternative look at the multifaceted nature of this folk tradition. His position as both an anthropologist and a community 'insider' affords him a unique perspective on the subject. This study will be essential reading for students of medical anthropology, religion, and ethnic studies.
|2||The Ethnographic Context||17|
|3||The Power of Strong Emotions: Constructing the Sicilian-Canadian Evil-Eye Complex||30|
|4||Mal'uocchiu and the Language of Distress||54|
|5||Mal'uocchiu in Everyday Experience||74|
|6||Extending the Web of Significance||99|
|Glossary of Sicilian Terms and Phrases||127|