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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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"Among the people of Avatip, a community in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, the most prestigious and valued forms of wealth are personal names. In this intriguing study, Simon Harrison analyzes the significance of names in the context of Avatip ritual, cosmology, and concepts of the person, and shows how the Avatip system of names parallels the gift-exchange systems of many other Melanesian societies. In  Read more...
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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: Machine derived contents note: 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 Melansia --
bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropology, 71.
Responsibility: Simon J. Harrison.
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