By Anne E. Becker
Anne E. Becker examines the cultural context of the embodied self via her ethnography of physically aesthetics, nutrients alternate, care, and social relationships in Fiji. She contrasts the cultivation of the body/self in Fijian and American society, arguing that the incentive of usa citizens to paintings on their our bodies' shapes as a private activity is authorized by way of their suggestion that the self is individuated and self sufficient. however, simply because Fijians challenge themselves with the cultivation of social relationships mostly expressed via nurturing and nutrients alternate, there's a vested curiosity in cultivating others' our bodies instead of one's own.
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The two dominant ethnic moieties in Fiji have maintained their respective languages, cultural traditions, and political parties. At present, institutionalized practices such as separate programming of radio news and music, segregated classes, and printed news in several languages (Standard Fijian, Hindustani, Fiji Hindi, and English) reflect the continuing sociocultural rifts. Further ethnic admixture has come with the arrival of settlers from China and Rotuma and an influx of students coming to be educated at the University of the South Pacific and the Fiji School of Medicine in Suva, Fiji's capital city.
These conflicts are expressed and negotiated through discussion, joking, indirect criticism (insults and gossip), and storytelling (talanoa) within various group contexts, typically during yaqona drinking or food preparation. In any such gathering, people are as much engaged in the listening to and telling of stories as in their ostensible activities. Village Routines Daily village life in Nahigatoka, like that in other Nadroga villages, consists of varied routine tasks related to the cultivation of root crops, the gathering of supplemental greens, the harvesting of sea and river foods, and the preparation of meals.
They were not, they politely clarified, especially attuned to body shape. This occasioned my own equal perplexity, in turn, since I had spent the previous months framing a study on what I felt was nothing short of a cultural preoccupation with food, eating, and body size in Fiji. But as it turned out they spoke truthfully. Notwithstanding the local idiom of greeting, insult, and compliments replete with allusions to body shape and fluctuations in weight, Fijians are not self-reflexive about their bodily habitus.
Body, Self, and Society: The View from Fiji (New Cultural Studies Series) by Anne E. Becker