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Introduction: Individuality in South India

Mattison Mines

in Public Faces, Private Voices

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1994 | ISBN: 9780520084780
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520914599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520084780.003.0001
Introduction: Individuality in South India

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This book counters the commonplace view that individuality lacks importance in social life in India and offers a theory of Tamil individuality, analyzing individuality from the perspectives of exterior or public lives and interior or private lives. It shows that Tamils do recognize individuality as an essential feature of ordinary life and that individuality lies at the very crux of a Tamil's sense of self as well as his or her sense of others, discussing the nature of Tamil individuality.

Keywords: individuality; social life; India; Tamils; public lives; private lives; sense of self

Chapter.  11354 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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