Pigs and Persons in the Philippines

Pigs and Persons in the Philippines : Human-Animal Entanglements in Ifugao Rituals

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This book examines how pigs are entangled in the constitution of relations between humans and between humans and spirits among the Ifugao of Northern Luzon in the Philippines. The book applies concepts like relational personhood, assemblages, and performativity to argue that persons emerge from relational practices of exchange and sacrifice. It also argues that pigs are constitutively involved in these practices.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 166 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 4 charts, 2 tables
  • 0739190415
  • 9780739190418
  • 1,481,713

About Jon Henrik Ziegler Remme

Jon Henrik Ziegler Remme is post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology at University of Oslo. Remme has published articles on a number of themes including animism, ontology, causality, and interreligious burial rituals.show more

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The book is nicely written. Certainly, it is a product of scholarly work, with a solid theoretical and historical backdrop. Anthropologists will find this book useful, particularly on the theoretical discussions of social differentiation. Anthropos This compelling contribution to the anthropological literature adds both ethnographic granularity and theoretical depth to studies of the Ifugao...He persuasively argues throughout this engaging and skillfully researched work...Within this evolving branch of the discipline, the complexities and contradictions underlying the interpenetrative linkages between humans and animals are laid bare in a way that has previously not received much in the way of scholarly attention ... It is within this context that the relational personhood Remme examines among the Ifugao assumes particular significance. American Ethnologist Jon Henrik Remme's book is fascinating both in terms of the ethnographic material he presents on the human relationship with pigs among the Ifugao-something which merits much more attention throughout SE Asia, where pigs are widely of considerable nutritional, social, and cosmological significance-and in terms of his focus on the ways in which pigs and humans are entangled, are part of each other and constitute each other. He draws on the relational philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari in his focus on the way in which pigs are involved in human 'becoming,' as well as drawing on recent multi-species anthropology. I found his extension of both analytical approaches into what he describes as their 'dark' sides-prompted, as he says, by the punctuation of his fieldwork by the screams of dying pigs-interesting and thought-provoking in relation to its implications for understanding the boundaries of living beings, both spatially and temporally, in the context of a relational approach to understanding the meaning of 'being a being.' -- Monica Janowski, University of London Pigs and Persons in the Philippines is a treasure trove of ethnographically nuanced and theoretically sophisticated analysis. Through an innovative re-reading of the Ifugao through their pigs, Remme makes an original and powerful contribution to the ethnography of Southeast Asia and the anthropology of personhood and sociality. The book traces the intricate ways in which domesticated pigs mediate Ifugao relations with human and non-human consociates across the spheres of kinship, ritual, and politics. Through lively and engaging prose it vividly evokes the concrete processes whereby Ifugao selves and society are constituted through exchange of pigs, and makes a compelling case for how kinship and spirit relations are constructed through the practices through which they are enacted. -- Kenneth Sillander, University of Helsinki An avid and marvelously thorough account of human and porcine entanglements in Batad, Ifugao. -- Harold C. Conklin, Yale Universityshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Pigs Make Kin Chapter 3: Pigs and Human-Ba'i Relations Chapter 4: Pigs and Social Differentiation Chapter 5: Unmaking a Person Chapter 6: Conclusionshow more