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Creative Land: Place and Procreation on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea / Edition 1
     

Creative Land: Place and Procreation on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea / Edition 1

by James Leach
 

ISBN-10: 1571815562

ISBN-13: 9781571815569

Pub. Date: 05/15/2003

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

What is creative in kinship? How are people connected to places? James Leach answers these questions through formulating "creativity" as an integral part of kinship on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. The book contains a new critique of the genealogical model of kinship, suggesting that this model prevents us from grasping the way generative relations,

Overview

What is creative in kinship? How are people connected to places? James Leach answers these questions through formulating "creativity" as an integral part of kinship on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. The book contains a new critique of the genealogical model of kinship, suggesting that this model prevents us from grasping the way generative relations, including those to land and place, constitute persons on the Rai Coast. Analytic attention is focused upon the life cycle, marriage, exchange and artistic production as the activities in which substantial connection is generated. The argument, made in relation to detailed ethnography, yields a fresh perspective on the connections people trace to each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571815569
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/15/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures, Tables, and Photographs

Notes on the Text

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction: The Rai Coast

Chapter 1. Process and Kinship

  • Kinship, Process, and Creativity
  • Cognation and Flexibility
  • An Alternative to the Genealogical Model
  • The Palem

Chapter 2. Residence History and Palem

  • Hamlets Past and Present
  • Hamlets as Social Groups
  • The Labours of Lawrence Complexity

Chapter 3. Marrying Sisters

  • Defining Relationships
  • Myths and Explanations

Chapter 4. Gardens, Land, and Growth

  • Origin Points
  • Gendered Productivity: The Tambaran Households and Gardens
  • Gardening, not 'Production'
  • Gardens, Land, and Substance
  • Male Continuity, Female Movement

Chapter 5. Birth, Emergence, and Exchange

  • The Transactions Between Affinal Kin Focused on Children
  • Mother's Brothers in the Anthropological Literature
  • Affinal Payments and Lineality in Reite
  • Visibility and Recognition

Chapter 6. Spirit, Flesh, and Bone

  • The Palem as a Body
  • Performing Places
  • People and Spirits as Land Made Mobile

Chapter 7. Places and Bodies, Landscape and Perception

  • The Concept of Landscape in Anthropology
  • Hearing and Vision as Sensory Modalities
  • Landscape in the Nekgini Lifeworld

Chapter 8. Creative Land

  • Land, Place, and Person
  • Simple Principles, Complex Process
  • Creativity

Glossary

References

Index

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