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Wrapping in Images: Tattooing in Polynesia
     

Wrapping in Images: Tattooing in Polynesia

by Alfred Gell
 

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In traditional Polynesian societies, tattooing has played a key role in the social construction of the individual. This is the first study to provide a comparative analysis of tattooing in its original setting—based on a comprehensive survey of both written and oral sources. Drawing on modern social theory, psychoanalysis, and anthropological studies, Gell

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In traditional Polynesian societies, tattooing has played a key role in the social construction of the individual. This is the first study to provide a comparative analysis of tattooing in its original setting—based on a comprehensive survey of both written and oral sources. Drawing on modern social theory, psychoanalysis, and anthropological studies, Gell demonstrates the role of tattooing in the complex array of controlling sacredness and protecting the self.

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"Along with a detailed analysis of tatooing practices, associated myths, and design motifs, Gell provides concise, comparative desciptions of social organization in Polynesian societies. The result is a significant contribution to Pacific history and the anthropology of Polynesia."—Choice

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ISBN-13:
9780198280903
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/11/1996
Series:
Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology - Cultural Forms Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.80(d)

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