Oceanic Sociallities And Cultural Forms

Oceanic Sociallities And Cultural Forms

by Ingjerd Ho M
     
 

In anthropology, theoretical approaches attempting to come to terms with experiences of social interaction, often inspired by phenomenology, have come to the fore in opposition to the previously favored emphasis on symbolic and social structures. These essays attempt a new kind of ethnographic description of social life that treats structure and practice as aspects of… See more details below

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In anthropology, theoretical approaches attempting to come to terms with experiences of social interaction, often inspired by phenomenology, have come to the fore in opposition to the previously favored emphasis on symbolic and social structures. These essays attempt a new kind of ethnographic description of social life that treats structure and practice as aspects of the same reality. This is achieved through attention to indigenous conceptualizations of the way society itself is generated.

With Jonathan Friedman and Fredrik Barth providing overviews, this series of innovative ethnographies highlights ways of forming social relations specific to Oceania as a cultural area, exemplifying a new kind of comparative approach and making a major contribution to general social theory.

Ingjerd Hoëm is Head of the Institute for Pacific Archaeology and Cultural History at the Kon-Tiki Museum.

Sidsel Roalkvam is a Post-doctoral fellow in the Department of General Practice and Community Medicine, University of Oslo.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571815583
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/24/2003
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
1Introduction1
2Sociality as Figure: Bedamini Perceptions of Social Relationships13
3Fighting Hierarchy: Relations of Egality and Hierarchy among the May River Iwam of Papua New Guinea29
4Landscapes of Sociality: Paths, Places and Belonging on Wogeo Island, Papua New Guinea51
5Disentangling the Butubutu of New Georgia: Cognatic Kinship in Thought and Action71
6Pathway and Side: An Essay on Onotoan Notions of Relatedness115
7Making Sides: On the Production of Contexts and Difference in Tokelau137
8'The Other Kind': Representing Otherness and Living with it on Kotu Island in Tonga157
9'Maori are Different, but We are Similar for Particular Reasons': Dynamics of Belonging in Social Practice177
10Epilogue199
List of Contributors209
Index210

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