Oceanic Sociallities And Cultural Forms

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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: 2/24/2003
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Figures
1 Introduction 1
2 Sociality as Figure: Bedamini Perceptions of Social Relationships 13
3 Fighting Hierarchy: Relations of Egality and Hierarchy among the May River Iwam of Papua New Guinea 29
4 Landscapes of Sociality: Paths, Places and Belonging on Wogeo Island, Papua New Guinea 51
5 Disentangling the Butubutu of New Georgia: Cognatic Kinship in Thought and Action 71
6 Pathway and Side: An Essay on Onotoan Notions of Relatedness 115
7 Making Sides: On the Production of Contexts and Difference in Tokelau 137
8 'The Other Kind': Representing Otherness and Living with it on Kotu Island in Tonga 157
9 'Maori are Different, but We are Similar for Particular Reasons': Dynamics of Belonging in Social Practice 177
10 Epilogue 199
List of Contributors 209
Index 210
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