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The embodiment of marime: Living Romany Gypsy pollution taboo


1998 1998

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This dissertation examines the ways that pollution taboo affects the life experience of Romany Gypsy women. A cultural analysis is made upon ethnographic data gathered from the Romany Gypsy community in Boston, Massachusetts, combining theories of embodiment with the Scheper-Hughes and Lock (1987) "three bodies" critical-interpretive model. Marime, as this taboo is known locally, is experienced as fear, shame and disgust and conceptualized in terms of top/bottom or inside/outside body symbolism which categorizes by analogy the sacred from profane, e.g., Gypsy and Gajo or non-Gypsy. This understanding leads to social praxis which is shown to affect the quality of Gypsy women's lives in personal, social and political domains. Since marime is a bodily experence which is predicated upon pre-existing cultural discourses and results in social action this analysis supports the theoretical view that the body is the ground of culture.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Cultural anthropology;
Social structure;
Womens studies;
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
0700: Social structure
0453: Womens studies
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Gypsy; Marime; Pollution taboo; Romany
Title
The embodiment of marime: Living Romany Gypsy pollution taboo
Author
Larkin, Janet
Number of pages
221
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 59/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599073418, 0599073411
Advisor
Leidy, Lynnette
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9909179
ProQuest document ID
304430039
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304430039
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