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Stealing people's names : history and politics in a Sepik River cosmology

Author: Simon Harrison
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Series: Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropology, 71.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this intriguing study, Simon Harrison analyses the significance of names in the context of Avatip ritual, cosmology and concepts of the person.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Harrison, Simon, 1952-
Stealing people's names.
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990
(OCoLC)801245723
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Harrison
ISBN: 0521385040 9780521385046 0521026474 9780521026475
OCLC Number: 20672111
Description: xiii, 221 pages, [1] leaf of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: List of illustrations; List of tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Manambu; 2. Avatip; 3. Magic and the totemic cosmology; 4. Ceremonial rank; 5. Male initiation; 6. Treading elder brothers underfoot; 7. The debating system; 8. The rise of the subclan Maliyaw; 9. Symbolic economies in Melanesia; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropology, 71.
Responsibility: Simon J. Harrison.
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