Exchange and Sacrifice

Exchange and Sacrifice

by Pamela J. Stewart
     
 

Part of the Ritual Studies Monograph Series

Inspired by the research of the French anthropologist Daniel de Coppet on exchange, death, and compensation in the Solomon Islands within the South-West Pacific region, this edited collection highlights the fundamental connections between exchange and sacrifice as ritual practices within cosmological frameworks. The volume

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Part of the Ritual Studies Monograph Series

Inspired by the research of the French anthropologist Daniel de Coppet on exchange, death, and compensation in the Solomon Islands within the South-West Pacific region, this edited collection highlights the fundamental connections between exchange and sacrifice as ritual practices within cosmological frameworks. The volume builds on both de Coppet's work and that of Marcel Mauss in The Gift and provides new insights from an engaging set of established scholars. The chapters in Exchange and Sacrifice stress the dynamic performativity of exchanges and their deep connections with ideas of sacrifice. This collection of theoretically and ethnographically focused essays will be valuable to those interested in the classic debates in social/cultural anthropology on ritual and religious systems of material and spiritual interaction, and the politics of ""the gift.""

Editorial Reviews

Pacific Affairs The University of British Columbia
Rich ethnographic detail, intellectual challenge and theoretical insight make this excellent collection a must-read for scholars of Melanesia and theorists of exchange and sacrifice
—Naomi M. McPherson
The Australian Journal of Anthropology
. . . their present effort and those of all the contributors should be appreciated as a gallant Anglophone tribute to de Coppet's legacy in Melanesian anthropology. It is a useful springboard for further mindful explorations and critique of his position as well as of the cosmo-ontological problematisation of exchange and sacrifice.
—Jadran Mimica

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594601798
Publisher:
Carolina Academic Press
Publication date:
01/02/2008
Series:
Carolina Academic Press Ritual Studies Monographs
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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