South Coast New Guinea Cultures: History, Comparison, Dialectic

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April 1993



South coast New Guinea has long been a focus of ethnographic attention, with its varied cultures, its reputation for flamboyant sexual practices, and its traditions of headhunting. Dr. Knauft examines previous ethnographic material to reanalyze the region's seven major language-culture areas, covering a range of topics including sexuality, social inequality, the status of women, religion, politics and violence. Ethnographically rich and theoretically sophisticated, this book will be essential reading for all those interested in Melanesia, and should be read by anyone concerned with the problems of cultural comparison.


Part I. Grounding: 1. Theoretical and ethnographic context; 2. Historical background and regional configuration; Part II. Critique: 3. Sexuality in the regional analysis of south New Guinea; 4. The analytic legacy of homosexual emphasis: language, subsistence, and political economy; 5. Women's status; 6. Trends in comparative analysis; Part III. Reconfiguration: 7. Theoretical reconfiguration; 8. Marind-anim; 9. Symbolic and sociopolitical permutations; 10. Regional characteristics and comparisons; Appendix; Notes; References; Index.


"In the 1990s, a comparative ethnography of a region extending some 2,500 kilometers must be either very old-fashioned or postmodern. This work has the virtues of both...The result is a stimulating and useful book." Choice
EAN: 9780521418829
ISBN: 0521418828
Untertitel: 'Encyclopedia of Mathematics an'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 1993
Seitenanzahl: 316 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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