The Funeral Casino: Meditation, Massacre, and Exchange with the Dead in Thailand

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"In bringing together an ancient Buddhist practice of meditation of the corpse with globalised technologies of massacre in Thailand, Alan Klima has written an amazing book that makes you rethink your body and the body politic. There are few interventions into Western theory that have been as productive as this breathtaking endeavor. Bataille and Benjamin will never seem the same. A stirring endorsement of anthropology as a radical discipline, this book also appeals on account of its uniquely down to earth populist style that at manic speed propels you into the crowds on the streets, the charnel house and temples, and intimate portraits of real people no less than of the sleaze of the World Bank and elites that have, as yet, to experience what Klima has experienced in meditating over the corpse."--Michael Taussig"Alan Klima's hallucinatory account of death in the streets of Bangkok and his indictment of the efforts to convert death into mere exchange value has enormous potential for the field of Thai studies, where it is likely to erupt onto the scene like a small bomb. It offers a relentless repudiation of those saccharine tropes through which Thailand has mainly been read."--Rosalind Morris


List of Illustrations vii Note on Transcription and Monetary Conversion ix Acknowledgments xi 1. Introduction 1 PART I: The Passed 2. The New World: Bangkok and the World Order without History 31 3. Revolting History: The Necromantic Power of Public Massacres 53 4. Bloodless Power: A Moral Economy of the Thai Crowd 89 5. Repulsiveness of the Body Politic: An Economics of the Black May Massacre 122 PART II: Kamma 6. The Charnel Ground: Visions of Death in Buddhist Asceis and the Redemption of Mechanical Reproduction 169 7. The Funeral Casino: A Mindful Economy 231 Notes 291 Bibliography 305 Index 313


Alan Klima is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Bard College.


Klima's attempt to bring philosophy into ethnography is important. . . . This book is an important contribution to the ongoing critique and dialogue in anthropology about visuality, representation and symbolic exchange.
EAN: 9780691074603
ISBN: 0691074607
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2002
Seitenanzahl: 336 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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