Creative Land: Place and Procreation on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea / Edition 1

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Overview

What is creative in kinship? How are people connected to places? James Leach answers these questions through formulating “creativity” as an integral part of kinship on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. The book contains a new critique of the genealogical model of kinship, suggesting that this model prevents us from grasping the way generative relations, including those to land and place, constitute persons on the Rai Coast. Analytic attention is focused upon the life cycle, marriage, exchange and artistic production as the activities in which substantial connection is generated. The argument, made in relation to detailed ethnography, yields a fresh perspective on the connections people trace to each other.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571815569
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258

Meet the Author

James Leach is Research Fellow in Anthropology, King's College, Cambridge, and Affiliated Lecturer in the Dept. of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Field research: Madang Province, Papua New Guinea 1994-5, 1999, 2000-2001, 2003. Published works on kinship and place, creativity, artistic production, ownership and cultural/intellectual property. (Creative Land. Place and Procreation on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea. 2003 Berghahn Books, Rationales of Ownership. Transactions and Claims to Ownership in Contemporary Papua New Guinea, (ed with Lawrence Kalinoe), 2004 Sean Kingston Publishing.) Field Research U.K.: 2002 to present, as 'Attached Observer' with artists placements in Industry and Science. Also directing research on constructions of gender among Open Source software programmers, and on artist’s relation with the law in the UK. Awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute JB Donne Prize in the Anthropology of Art for 1999, and The Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2004.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures, Tables, and Photographs
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Text
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Process and Kinship 21
Ch. 2 Residence History and Palem 33
Ch. 3 Marrying Sisters 57
Ch. 4 Gardens, Land, and Growth 91
Ch. 5 Birth, Emergence, and Exchange 127
Ch. 6 Spirit, Flesh, and Bone 159
Ch. 7 Places and Bodies, Landscape and Perception 193
Ch. 8 Creative Land 211
Glossary 219
References 221
Index 229
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