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South Coast New Guinea Cultures : History, Comparison, Dialectic - Bruce M. Knauft

South Coast New Guinea Cultures

History, Comparison, Dialectic

By: Bruce M. Knauft, Meyer Fortes (Editor), Edmund Leach (Editor), Jack Goody (Editor), Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1993
ISBN: 9780521418829
Number Of Pages: 316

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South coast New Guinea has long been a focus of ethnographic attention, with its varied cultures, its reputation for flamboyant sexual practices, and its traditions of headhunting. Dr. Knauft examines previous ethnographic material to reanalyze the region's seven major language-culture areas, covering a range of topics including sexuality, social inequality, the status of women, religion, politics and violence. Ethnographically rich and theoretically sophisticated, this book will be essential reading for all those interested in Melanesia, and should be read by anyone concerned with the problems of cultural comparison.

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"In the 1990s, a comparative ethnography of a region extending some 2,500 kilometers must be either very old-fashioned or postmodern. This work has the virtues of both...The result is a stimulating and useful book." Choice

Theoretical and ethnographic context
Historical background and regional configuration
Sexuality in the regional analysis of south New Guinea
The analytic legacy of homosexual emphasis: language, subsistence, and political economy
Women's status
Trends in comparative analysis
Theoretical reconfiguration
Symbolic and sociopolitical permutations
Regional characteristics and comparisons
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ISBN: 9780521418829
ISBN-10: 0521418828
Series: Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Its Applications
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 30th April 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.64

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