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An Introduction to the Anthropology of Melanesia: Culture and Tradition / Edition 1

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Overview

Melanesia has always been a popular fieldwork site for anthropologists, including Bronislaw Malinowski and Margaret Mead,and many of the most important theoretical contributions to anthropology were also first formulated with reference to Melanesian studies. This book is intended for undergraduate students with some grounding in the issues and ideas that inform the discipline. It will be useful as an introductory or intermediate level for undergraduate studies in general anthropology, or for courses on Pacific Cultures.
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"Sillitoe's sparkling book offers an unprecedented introduction to the anthropology of Melanesia....It will effectively bring Melanesia into its deserved position as one of the main loci of anthropological thought and analysis." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521588362
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of maps
List of figures
List of tables
List of plates
Preface
1 Introduction to Melanesia 1
2 Food gathering, fishing and hunting in the Fly Estuary 17
3 Swidden cultivation in the Bismarck Range 35
4 Socialisation in the Admiralty Islands 53
5 Exchange cycles in the Massim Archipelago 69
6 Sociopolitical exchange in the Southern Highlands 84
7 Big men on Bougainville Island 99
8 Technology in the highlands fringe 112
9 Gender relations in the Western Highlands 131
10 Dispute settlement around the Paniai Lakes 148
11 Sorcery on Dobu Island 165
12 Warfare and cannibalism in the Balim Region 180
13 Initiation rites on the Sepik River 195
14 Ancestors and illness in the shadow of the Owen Stanley Range 215
15 Myth in the Star Mountains 229
Index 249
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