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The History of Melanesian Society
Volume II

Volume 2

  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107419346


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  • 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

    15. Handel
    16. The morphological comparison of systems of relationship
    17. Melanesian gerontocracy
    18. Social organisation
    19. Descent, inheritance and succession
    20. Marriage
    21. Communism
    22. Functions of relatives
    23. The linguistic comparison
    24. Secret societies
    25. Tikopia
    26. Kava and Betel
    27. Beliefs and ceremonial connected with death
    28. Migrations
    29. Immigrant influence on social organisation
    30. Totemism
    31. Decorative art
    32. Communism and money
    33. Religion and magic
    34. Sun and moon, stone-work, incision, tattooing
    35. Material culture
    36. Language
    37. The Bismark Archipelago
    38. The dual organisation
    39. Conclusions
    Index to volumes 1 and 2.

  • Author

    William Halse Rivers Rivers

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