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Public Faces, Private VoicesCommunity and Individuality in South India$
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Mattison Mines

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520084780

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520084780.001.0001

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Locating Individuality within the Collective Context

Locating Individuality within the Collective Context

(p.187) Chapter Eight Locating Individuality within the Collective Context
Public Faces, Private Voices

Mattison Mines

University of California Press

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

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