9780890896167

People and Things : Social Mediation in Oceania

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  • ISBN13:

    9780890896167

  • ISBN10:

    089089616X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-05-01
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Pr

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Summary

The present work is collection of eleven essays by French anthropologists. The data they discuss were gathered in societies in Polynesia (Samoa, Tonga), Melanesia (Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya, New Britain, New Ireland, New Caledonia), and Australia.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: The Social Life of Objectsp. 3
Subjects and Objects in Samoa: Ceremonial Mats Have a "Soul"p. 27
The Kava Ritual and the Reproduction of Male Identity in Polynesiap. 53
Surrogates for Humans and for Godsp. 79
Women and Wealth in New Guineap. 103
The Spectacle of Things: A Melanesian Perspective on the Person and the Selfp. 123
The Other Side of the Gift: From Desire to Taboo: Representations of Exchange and Oedipal Symbolism Among the Yafar, Papua New Guineap. 157
To Help and To "Hold": Forms of Cooperation Among the Sulka, New Britainp. 185
Copy Rights for Objects of Worship, Land Tenure and Filiation in New Irelandp. 211
Australian Aboriginal Ritual Objects Or How to Represent the Unrepresentablep. 239
Culture Cult: Ritual Circulation of Inalienable Objects and Appropriation of Cultural Knowledge (Northwest and Central Australia)p. 265
Time, Objects and Identities: The Destiny of Kanak Artp. 289
Bibliographyp. 311
The Authorsp. 339
Summariesp. 343
Index of Personal Namesp. 349
Index of Proper Namesp. 353
Subject Indexp. 357
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