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The Social and Political Systems of Central Polynesia

Volume 2

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  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107625709

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  • Robert Wood Williamson (1856–1932) was a British solicitor and anthropologist who worked extensively in New Guinea and Polynesia. Originally published in 1924, this book forms part of a three-volume study by Williamson on the socio-political systems of Polynesian islands near the equator. The study was written with the intention of consolidating the observations made in the extensive and various literature on the subject of Central Polynesian indigenous societies into a unified and accessible text. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in Polynesia and the development of anthropology.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107625709
    • length: 504 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 26 x 170 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    14. Social and local grouping
    15. Social and local grouping (the marae as a social centre)
    16. Matrilineal descent
    17. Exogamy
    18. Special relationship matters and terms (preliminary and Samoa)
    19. Special relationship matters and terms (other islands, and observations)
    20. Totemism (preliminary and Samoa)
    21. Totemism (other islands)
    22. Totemism (spirits of the dead becoming or entering into animals, and observations)
    23. Clan badges
    24. The social character of war
    25. The chiefs
    26. The middle and lower classes
    27. Priests and sorcerers
    28. Council meetings.

  • Author

    Robert W. Williamson

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