William Halse Rivers (1864–1922) was a groundbreaking physician, psychologist and anthropologist in the early twentieth century, chiefly remembered for his work on the psychological disorders produced by the First World War. In this two-volume work from 1914, he presents his theory of the diffusion of culture in the south-west Pacific. Volume Two details the many similarities and differences among the societies of Melanesia and the possible ways in which these contrasts could have arisen. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of anthropology or the Pacific islands.
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- Date Published: August 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107419346
- length: 618 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 32 mm
- weight: 0.97kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
16. The morphological comparison of systems of relationship
17. Melanesian gerontocracy
18. Social organisation
19. Descent, inheritance and succession
22. Functions of relatives
23. The linguistic comparison
24. Secret societies
26. Kava and Betel
27. Beliefs and ceremonial connected with death
29. Immigrant influence on social organisation
31. Decorative art
32. Communism and money
33. Religion and magic
34. Sun and moon, stone-work, incision, tattooing
35. Material culture
37. The Bismark Archipelago
38. The dual organisation
Index to volumes 1 and 2.
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