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South Coast New Guinea Cultures
History, Comparison, Dialectic

Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: April 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521429313


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  • South coast New Guinea has long been a focus of ethnographic attention, with its varied cultures, its reputation for flamboyant sexual practices, and its traditions of headhunting. Dr. Knauft examines previous ethnographic material to reanalyze the region's seven major language-culture areas, covering a range of topics including sexuality, social inequality, the status of women, religion, politics and violence. Ethnographically rich and theoretically sophisticated, this book will be essential reading for all those interested in Melanesia, and should be read by anyone concerned with the problems of cultural comparison.

    • The first anthropological study of south coast New Guinea for nearly forty years
    • The author makes available the ethnography of the region in a critical and systematic form
    • The author is a respected anthropologist, well known in the field
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    "In the 1990s, a comparative ethnography of a region extending some 2,500 kilometers must be either very old-fashioned or postmodern. This work has the virtues of both....The result is a stimulating and useful book." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521429313
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.458kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Grounding:
    1. Theoretical and ethnographic context
    2. Historical background and regional configuration
    Part II. Critique:
    3. Sexuality in the regional analysis of south New Guinea
    4. The analytic legacy of homosexual emphasis: language, subsistence, and political economy
    5. Women's status
    6. Trends in comparative analysis
    Part III. Reconfiguration:
    7. Theoretical reconfiguration
    8. Marind-anim
    9. Symbolic and sociopolitical permutations
    10. Regional characteristics and comparisons

  • Author

    Bruce M. Knauft, Emory University, Atlanta

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