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Entangled objects : exchange, material culture and colonialism in the Pacific

Author: Nicholas Thomas
Publisher: Cambridge (Mass.) : Harvard University Press, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author takes up issues central to modern anthropology. In so doing he raises doubts about any simple "us / them" dichotomy between Westerners and Pacific Islanders, challenging the preoccupation  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Thomas
ISBN: 0674257308 9780674257306 0674257316 9780674257313
OCLC Number: 802598490
Description: XIII, 259 p. : il., map ; 25 cm
Contents: Part 1 Objects, exchange, anthropology: prestations and ideology; the inalienability of the gift; immobile value; the promiscuity of objects; value - a surplus of theories. Part 2 The permutations of debt - exchange systems in the Pacific: alienation in Melanesian exchange; debts and valuables in Fiji and the Marquesas; valuables with and without histories; the origin of whale teeth; value conversion versus competition in kind. Part 3 The indigenous appropriation of European things: the allure of barter; the musket economy in the southern Marquesas; the representation of the foreign; the whale tooth trade and Fijian politics; prior systems and later histories. Part 4 The European appropriation of indigenous things: curiosity - colonialism in its infancy; converted artifacts - the material culture of Christian missions; murder stories - settlers' curios; ethnology and the vision of the state; artifacts as tokens of industry; the name of science. Part 5 The discovery of the gift - exchange and identity in the contemporary Pacific: transformations of Fijian ceremonies; the disclosure of reciprocity; discoveries.
Responsibility: Nicholas Thomas.

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