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Public Faces, Private Voices: Community and Individuality in South India

Mattison Mines


Individuality is often viewed as an exclusively Western value. In non-Western societies, collective identities seem to eclipse those of individuals. These generalities, however, have overlooked the importance of personal uniqueness, volition, and achievement in these cultures. As an anthropologist in Tamil Nadu, South India, the author of this book found private and public expressions of self in all sectors of society. Based on twenty-five years of field research, the book weaves together personal life stories, historical description, and theoretical analysis to define individuality in South A ... More

Keywords: individuality, Western values, collective identities, personal uniqueness, Tamil Nadu, South India

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780520084780
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520084780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mattison Mines, author