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Clifford Geertz's theory of "deep play"--most thoroughly explored in his 1973 essay "Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight"--states that acts of recreation and sport carry within them the greater values, traumas, and taboos of the individual cultures which practice them.
An illustrated anthology, Cock: Essays and Illustrations on Attention, Accessibility, and Deep Play elaborates upon Geertz's pre-established definition of deep play by applying its terminology to cultural practices beyond the Balinese cockfight, analyzing brief parentheticals and asides in Geertz's text, and exploring methods of making the greater anthropological field more accessible via multimodal anthropological publication. Also, it is filled to the brim with innuendo and penis jokes, and is 69 pages in length, which is awfully funny.
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Buettner, Buck Holbrook, "Cock: Essays and Illustrations on Attention, Accessibility, and Deep Play" (2021). Senior Projects Spring 2021. 223.
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