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The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780030119194

ISBN10:
0030119197
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/4/1988
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing

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Really a great book for anybody to read. You don't have to take a class to want to learn about a culture other than your own.






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Summary

This re-examination of the Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea, the people described in Malinowski?s classic ethnographic work of the early 20th century, provides a balanced view of the society from a male and female perspective, including coverage of new discoveries about the importance of woman?s work and wealth in the society.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii(4)
Acknowledgments xi(8)
List of Illustrations
xix
Introduction 1(16)
A Sacred Place 1(3)
Ethnographic Comparisons 4(6)
Trobriand History, Geography, and Language 10(3)
Trobrianders Today 13(4)
1 The Trobrianders: Past and Present
17(16)
A Tragic Return
17(2)
Earlier Times
19(4)
Expectation and Disappointment
23(2)
A History of Resisting Change
25(2)
An Extraordinary Discovery
27(6)
2 Death and the Work of Mourning
33(18)
Uwelasi's Death
33(3)
"Owners" and "Workers"
36(3)
The Threat of Sorcery
39(2)
"Carrying" the Dead Person
41(2)
Keeping the Dead Alive
43(8)
3 Fathers and Matrilineality
51(14)
Interrupted Sleep
51(2)
Birth and Ancestors
53(3)
The Other Matrilineage
56(2)
A Father's Care
58(3)
"Hard Words"
61(4)
4 Youth and Sexuality
65(16)
Waiting and Watching
65(1)
Adolescent Sexuality
66(3)
Seduction with Magic
69(2)
Choosing One Lover
71(2)
Looking for a Spouse
73(4)
Eating Yams Together
77(4)
5 Marriage and the Politics of Yams
81(16)
Yam Gardens
81(3)
Yams as Wealth
84(2)
The First Exchanges at Marriage
86(2)
Yams and Sexuality
88(3)
Women and the Politics of Yam Exchanges
91(2)
Men and Their Yam Houses
93(4)
6 Chiefs and Hierarchy
97(14)
A Chief's Visit
97(2)
What the Ancestors Brought
99(4)
The Differences Yams Make
103(3)
Finding Wives
106(2)
Power and Fear
108(3)
7 Men Working for Women
111(14)
Harvest Competitions
111(5)
Death and Women's Wealth
116(3)
The Need for Bundles
119(6)
8 The Regeneration of Matrilineality
125(14)
The Women's Mortuary Distribution
125(2)
Fathers and Daughters
127(1)
The Bundle Distribution
128(4)
The End of Lisaladabu
132(2)
The Regeneration of Matrilineal Identity
134(5)
9 Kula and the Search for Fame
139(20)
"Argonauts" on Kula Voyages
139(6)
The Basis of Kula: Ceremonial or Utilitarian
145(1)
Kula in Historical Perspective
146(2)
Working for Kula
148(4)
The Circulation of a Kitomu
152(2)
The Meaning of Kula
154(5)
10 Conclusion
159(10)
The Power in Objects
159(4)
The Pathos in Objects
163(2)
Tradition and Change
165(4)
Glossary of Kiriwina Words and Anthropological Terms 169(4)
References Cited 173(8)
Films about the Trobriand Islands 181(2)
Index 183


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