Power of Perspective

Power of Perspective

by Knut Mikjel Rio


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Power of Perspective by Knut Mikjel Rio

Focusing on different forms of agency in North Ambrym social life, the author demonstrates the potency of outsiders at different times and in different situations in Ambrym society. This model challenges the premises of much Western thinking about reciprocity, and suggests new directions in the analysis of Melanesian societies

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845452933
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/20/2007
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Knut Mikjel Rio is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Vanuatu in the western Pacific, and research themes relate to ideas about social ontology, production and ceremonial and the relation between the monetary economy and sorcery in Vanuatu.

Table of Contents

List of maps and illustrations

Foreword: "Putting people first"


Note on language

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Kinship and sand-drawing

Chapter 3. The totalising third party

Chapter 4. The circles of marriage

Chapter 5. Of yams and men

Chapter 6. The intentionality of ceremonial agency

Chapter 7. Displaying life after Death

Chapter 8. The phenomenology of Ambrym exchange

Chapter 9. Conclusions: Denying the gift




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