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Can I just substitute an interpretive dance in place of a list?

Although I am generally of the opinion that I would never be a member of a club that would have someone like me as a member, I decided to give this a try.

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  1. "Foucault" in "Dictionnaire des philosophes" 1984, - Maurice Florence


  1. Distinction - Bourdieu


  1. El Laberinto de la Soledad - Paz


  1. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life - Goffman


  1. Borderlands/La Frontera - Anzaldua


  1. The Interpretation of Cultures  - Geertz


  1. Aberrations in Black - Ferguson


  1. Ain't I a Woman  - bell hooks


  1. Giving an Account of Oneself - Butler


  1. Selections from the Prison Notebooks - Gramsci

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I can see how those charges are made and before looking at the essay again I held a very similar view that Geertz is only giving a semiotic account at the expense of social and historical context. The essay does not give a detailed historical account of the cock fight, but it does present the cock fight as something that changes over time in relation to social structure (pre-colonial vs colonial times).

Geertz documents his observations of the cockfights and derives statistical accounts of the matches. He writes "of the fifty-seven matches for which I have exact and reliable data on the center bet, the range is from fifteen ringgits to five hundred, with a mean at eighty-five and with the distribution being rather noticeably trimodal:" and goes on to describe the various sizes of two betting pools. After noting the economy of the cockfight, he argues that the money doesn't make the cock fight deep. The dramatization of the status structure makes the cock fight deep. Betting patterns follow a social logic:

Kin generally do not bet against a member of their kin group; when a kin member is not involved in the match then an member of an allied kin is chosen over a member of a non allied kin; local cocks are supported over foreign cocks. These, and other social patterns, are not interpreted from the "text" of a single cockfight, but from observation of over 50 cock fights.