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Just talk : gossip, meetings, and power in a Papua New Guinea village

Author: Karen J Brison
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1992.
Series: Studies in Melanesian anthropology, 11.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the often overlooked role of gossip and rumor in creating power in small Melanesian communities. This title suggests that our understanding of both Melanesian leadership and the power of  Read more...

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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen J Brison
ISBN: 0520077008 9780520077003
OCLC Number: 24502608
Description: xviii, 287 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Gossip and politics --
The Kwanga --
Gossip, innuendo, and sorcery: power without responsibility --
Village courts and the art of bluffing --
Getting it all out into the open --
Rivalry and institutionalized duplicity: the sociology of rumor --
The power of stories --
Two models of government --
Leadership, authority, and "egalitarianism" --
Leaders as bad men and victims --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Studies in Melanesian anthropology, 11.
Responsibility: Karen J. Brison.
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