People and Things: Social Mediation in Oceania

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The present work is collection of eleven essays by French anthropologists. The data they discuss were gathered in societies in Polynesia (Samoa, Tonga), Melanesia (Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya, New Britain, New Ireland, New Caledonia), and Australia.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780890896167
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Pages: 376

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: The Social Life of Objects 3
Ch. 1 Subjects and Objects in Samoa: Ceremonial Mats Have a "Soul" 27
Ch. 2 The Kava Ritual and the Reproduction of Male Identity in Polynesia 53
Ch. 3 Surrogates for Humans and for Gods 79
Ch. 4 Women and Wealth in New Guinea 103
Ch. 5 The Spectacle of Things: A Melanesian Perspective on the Person and the Self 123
Ch. 6 The Other Side of the Gift: From Desire to Taboo: Representations of Exchange and Oedipal Symbolism Among the Yafar, Papua New Guinea 157
Ch. 7 To Help and To "Hold": Forms of Cooperation Among the Sulka, New Britain 185
Ch. 8 Copy Rights for Objects of Worship, Land Tenure and Filiation in New Ireland 211
Ch. 9 Australian Aboriginal Ritual Objects Or How to Represent the Unrepresentable 239
Ch. 10 Culture Cult: Ritual Circulation of Inalienable Objects and Appropriation of Cultural Knowledge (Northwest and Central Australia) 265
Ch. 11 Time, Objects and Identities: The Destiny of Kanak Art 289
Bibliography 311
The Authors 339
Summaries 343
Index of Personal Names 349
Index of Proper Names 353
Subject Index 357
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