Social rationality and scales of action: inter-ethnic relations in cockfighting and game-fishing, Raiatea, French Polynesia

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_631B1004FDE3
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
Social rationality and scales of action: inter-ethnic relations in cockfighting and game-fishing, Raiatea, French Polynesia
Périodique
Ethnic and Racial Studies
Auteur(s)
Trémon Anne-Christine
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
01/2012
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Pages
1-18
Langue
anglais
Résumé
This article challenges the notion of economic rationality as a criterion for explaining ethnic boundary maintenance. It offers an ethnographic analysis of inter-ethnic relations in the context of games (cockfights and game-fishing contests) in the island of Raiatea (French Polynesia). Although all players engage in the same basic gambling practices, money is differentially scaled and mobilized by the Tahitian and Chinese participants. Building on recent pragmatic approaches to rationality, it is shown that the players' rationalities differ not from the point of view of economic maximization, but only in so far as they participate in social relations at different scales.
Mots-clé
Rationality, local/global scales, pragmatics, interactionism
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04/01/2012 21:11
Dernière modification de la notice
03/03/2018 17:46
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