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The crux is the skin: reflections on Southeast Asian personhood

Die Krux ist die Haut: Reflektionen über die südostasiatische Persönlichkeit
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Mulder, Niels

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Abstract This essay is an exercise in the phenomenology of personhood based on some 25 years of field research among Javanese, Thai, and Filipinos. As I still slip up from time to time, I am convinced that it is relevant to both scholarly researchers and others with practical interests in the region to better know the people with whom they are or will be dealing. The ideas presented in this essay are grounded in my experiences with mainly members of the urban middle classes. In the narrative, they follow from the course of my fieldwork and remain close to the immediacy of situations and their interpretation, even as they result in the prospects of an action theory of Southeast Asian personhood.
Keywords Indonesia; Thailand; Philippines; personality; personality traits; individuality; individual; identity; consciousness; morality; ethics; value system; Southeast Asia; Asia
Classification Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology; Personality Psychology
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords Ethnology; Java; Philippines; personality; individual identity; conscience; private versus public; moral inequality; ethics of place; 1960-2010
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 95-116
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 30 (2011) 1
ISSN 1868-4882
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works