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Themes of Individuality in Private and Public Lives: Personal Narratives

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/9780520084780.003.0007
Themes of Individuality in Private and Public Lives: Personal Narratives

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This chapter focuses on civic individuality in public and private lives in George Town. It explains that Tamils consider the individuality of different people to be of unequal worth and judge the individuality of other person based on what they known about him or her within a given social context. In addition, civic individuality is circumscribed in Tamil culture by ideas that stress altruism. The chapter relates the relevant personal narratives of C. Sivakumar, S. Lakshmi, C. Viswanathan, and M. Tangavelu.

Keywords: civic individuality; public lives; private lives; George Town; Tamil culture; altruism; C. Sivakumar; S. Lakshmi; C. Viswanathan; M. Tangavelu

Chapter.  16996 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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