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Social reproduction and history in Melanesia : mortuary ritual, gift exchange, and custom in the Tanga Islands

Author: Robert John Foster
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Series: Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropology, 96.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A study of mortuary rites in the Tanga Islands, Papua New Guinea.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert John Foster
ISBN: 0521480302 9780521480307 0521483328 9780521483322
OCLC Number: 31011635
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Chicago, 1988.
Description: xxii, 288 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: history, alterity, and a new (Melanesian) anthropology --
I. Mortuary rites as kastam. 2. Commoditization and the emergence of kastam. 3. Kastam, bisnis, and matriliny --
II. Mortuary rites as "finishing" and "replacing" the dead. 4. Finishing the dead: an outline of Tangan mortuary feasts and exchanges. 5. Replacing the dead: identical exchange and lineage succession. 6. Performing lineage succession: feast giving and value-creation. 7. Performing lineage succession: transformative exchange and the power of mortuary rites --
III. Toward comparative historical ethnography. 8. Social reproduction and kastam in comparative perspective.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropology, 96.
Responsibility: Robert J. Foster.
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