The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond

The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond

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Overview

Bringing together some of the most prominent scholars working in the anthropology of morality, this volume examines how Melanesians experience and deal with moral dilemmas and challenges. While returning to some classical concerns, the book opens new territory with studies exploring the interface between values associated with indigenous village life and ethical orientations associated with Christianity, the state, the marketplace, and other facets of ‘modernity'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409491095
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 12/28/2012
Series: Anthropology and Cultural History in Asia and the Indo-Pacific
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Barker is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has published extensively on the history of Christian missionaries and contemporary indigenous Christianity in Oceania and British Columbia, including the edited book, Christianity in Oceania (1990). His most recent book is Ancestral Lines: The Maisin of Papua New Guinea and the Fate of the Rainforest (2007).

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: the anthropological study of morality in Melanesia, John Barker; Part I Moral Exemplars in Village Society: Morality, politics and the Melanesian big man: on The Melanesian Manager and the transformation of political anthropology, Joel Robbins; When is it moral to be a sorcerer?, Doug Dalton. Part II The Morality of Modernity: Moral exchange and exchanging morals: alternative paths of cultural change in Papua New Guinea, Bruce M. Knauft; All sides now: the postcolonial triangle in Uiaku, John Barker; Reconfiguring amity at Ramu Sugar Ltd, Frederick Errington and Deborah Gewertz. Part III New Men and New Women: Changing minds : hysteria and the history of spirit mediumship in Telefolmin, Dan Jorgensen; Morals and missionary positionality: Diyos of Duranmin, Roger Ivar Lohmann; 'In the way' in Melanesia: modernity and the new woman in Papua New Guinea as Catholic missionary sister, Nancy C. Lutkehaus. Part IV Beyond Melanesia: Homo anthropologicus in aboriginal Australia: 'secular missionaries', Christians and morality in the field, Robert Tonkinson; Reaching for the absolute, F.G. Bailey; Epilogue, Kenelm Burridge; Bibliography; Index.

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