Locating Individuality within the Collective Context

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:
Locating Individuality within the Collective Context

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This chapter examines how the private self is expressed and interacts with collective interests in the context of family and society in George Town. It describes the features and themes of individuation and explains that private expressions of individuality are closely associated with personal motivations and private interests, wishes, and goals, even while these expressions are always located in collective contexts. The chapter also suggests that the Tamils' self-awareness is a developing, changing thing.

Keywords: private self; collective interests; George Town; individuation; personal motivations; self-awareness; Tamils

Chapter.  5318 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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