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Katherine Swancutt

Landmark anthropological works on fame have shown that gift-giving is often the vehicle for producing relations of 'positive value' and recognition. When viewing fame against the related notion of fortune, however, the focal point of study shifts to how people produce reputations that are 'beyond value' or 'priceless'. This article proposes that the Nuosu of Southwest China enter into an ongoing 'economy of ordeals' in order to accumulate priceless 'tokens of value' that increase their 'fate-fortune' and fame. It shows that ambitious Nuosu accept new ordeals to achieve fame, while comfortably viewing their accomplishments as akin to those of a predatory spider. Tellingly, though, these efforts are vulnerable to the counter-extractive maneuvers of other people and ghosts, which present the Nuosu with new ordeals that could deplete their resources.

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The Art of Capture

Hidden Jokes and the Reinvention of Animistic Ontologies in Southwest China

Katherine Swancutt

Captive Guest: Spider Webs of Hospitality among the Nuosu of Southwest China .” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 18 , no. S 1 : S103 – S116 . 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2012.01766.x Swancutt , Katherine . 2012b . “ Fame, Fate-Fortune, and

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The Possibilities of Failure

Personhood and Cognitive Disability in Urban Uganda

Tyler Zoanni

comprehensive treatment of this concern is his 1957 Frazer lecture, subsequently published as Oedipus and Job in West African Religion ( Fortes 1959 ). There, Fortes takes up ideas of fate, fortune and destiny in several West African societies, exploring how

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The Algebra of Souls

Ontological Multiplicity and the Transformation of Animism in Southwest China

Mireille Mazard

California Press . 10.1525/9780520910713 Swancutt , Katherine . 2007 . “ The Ontological Spiral: Virtuosity and Transparency in Mongolian Games .” Inner Asia 9 : 237 – 259 . Swancutt , Katherine . 2012 . “ Fame, Fate-Fortune, and Tokens of Value among

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Impatient Accumulation, Immediate Consumption

Problems with Money and Hope in Central Kenya

Peter Lockwood

. 2015 . “ The Quest for Luck: Fate, Fortune, Work and the Unexpected Among Gambian Soninke Hustlers .” Critical African Studies 7 ( 3 ): 227 – 242 . 10.1080/21681392.2015.1055534 Hage , Ghassan . 2016 . “ Questions Concerning a Future

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Introduction

Anthropological Knowledge Making, the Reflexive Feedback Loop, and Conceptualizations of the Soul

Katherine Swancutt and Mireille Mazard

Institute 18 , no. S1 : S103 – S116 . 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2012.01766.x Swancutt , Katherine . 2012b . “ Fame, Fate-Fortune, and Tokens of Value among the Nuosu of Southwest China .” Social Analysis 56 , no. 2 : 56 – 72 . 10.3167/sa.2012

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Religion through the Looking Glass

Fieldwork, Biography, and Authorship in Southwest China and Beyond

Katherine Swancutt

Captive Guest: Spider Webs of Hospitality among the Nuosu of Southwest China .” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 18 ( S1 ): S103 – S116 . 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2012.01766.x Swancutt , Katherine . 2012b . “ Fame, Fate-Fortune, and Tokens