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Stealing People's Names: History & Politics in a Sepik River Community

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Among the people of Avatip, a community in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, the most prestigious and valued forms of wealth are personal names. In this intriguing study, Simon Harrison analyzes the significance of names in the context of Avatip ritual, cosmology, and concepts of the person, and shows how the Avatip system of names parallels the gift-exchange systems of many other Melanesian societies. In ritualized debates, which form the arena of Avatip political life, rival leaders and the groups they represent struggle in oratorical contests for the possession of strategic names, and as they do so, continually manipulate myth, ritual and cosmology. By exploiting the inner possibilities of this symbolically constituted economy, these competitive processes over the past century have been progressively transforming the political system from a relatively egalitarian type to one based on hereditary inequality and rank. The author offers a critique of the analytical separation of economy and the symbolic order, arguing that it obscures the processes of political evolution in Melanesia and disguises the fundamental similarities underlying the sociocultural diversity of the region.

Synopsis:

In this intriguing study, Simon Harrison analyses the significance of names in the context of Avatip ritual, cosmology and concepts of the person.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-213) and index.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Manambu; 2. Avatip; 3. Magic and the totemic cosmology; 4. Ceremonial rank; 5. Male initiation; 6. Treading elder brothers underfoot; 7. The debating system; 8. The rise of the subclan Maliyaw; 9. Symbolic economies in Melanesia; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521385046
Author:
Harrison, Simon
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Goody, Jack
Author:
Harrison, Simon J.
Author:
Leach, Edmund
Author:
Fortes, Meyer
Author:
Tambiah, Stanley
Location:
Cambridge England ;
Subject:
Avatip (Papua New Guinea) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Avatip
Subject:
Manambu
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Manambu (Papua New Guinean people) -
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Series:
British Computer Society Workshop
Series Volume:
571
Publication Date:
20141031
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
234

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