Culture and Envy

Charles Lindholm

in Envy

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195327953
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199301485 | DOI:
Culture and Envy

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This chapter considers the anthropological perspective on envy. It establishes a framework for thinking about envy, and then delves into ethnographic details, using as an example the society in which the author worked — the Swat Pukhtun of Northern Pakistan — where the evil eye is much feared and where a “culture of envy” prevails. The chapter describes telling instances of this cultural pattern, and shows how it both reflects and maintains the norms and values of the society. It also asks the important question of whether envy is indeed universal.

Keywords: envy; Swat Pukhtun; ethnographic research; evil eye

Chapter.  9446 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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