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The Making of Great Men : Male Domination and Power among the New Guinea Baruya - Maurice Godelier

The Making of Great Men

Male Domination and Power among the New Guinea Baruya

By: Maurice Godelier, Rupert Swyer (Translator)

Paperback Published: 14th July 1986
ISBN: 9780521312127
Number Of Pages: 284

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The Baruya are a tribal society in highlands Papua New Guinea, with whom Western contact was first made in 1951. During the last twenty years, Maurice Godelier has spent many long periods of time living among this people, and in this book he presents a detailed account of their lives and their forms of social organization. The focus of the book is on inequality and power in this classless society. Godelier discusses both the power that certain men (the Great men) have over others through their control of war, shamanism, hunting, and rites of initiation, as well as the extraordinary power and domination that men in general exert over women. He explores how this domination is produced and maintained, examining it in particular through a detailed study of male and female initiation. He also analyzes the role that sexuality plays in Baruya thought and theories, showing that in the Baruya view, every aspect of domination - be it (in Western categorization) economic, political, or symbolic - can be explained by sexuality, and the different role of the sexes in human reproduction. A major contribution both to the ethnography of Melanesia and to anthropological theory, the book will interest scholars and students of anthropology, as well as other readers interested in power and inequality, and in the relationships between the sexes.

Introduction to Baruya society
Social Hierarchies in Baruya Society
WomenG++s subordinate position
The institution and legitimization of male superiority: initiations and the separation of the sexes
The Production of Great Men: Powers Inherited, Power Merited
Male hierarchies
The discovery of great men
General view of Baruya social hierarchies
The nature of man/woman relations among the Baruya: violence and consent, resistance and repression
Great men societies, big men societies: two alternative logics of society
Recent Transformations of Baruya Society
The colonial order and independence
The ventriloquistG++s dummy
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ISBN: 9780521312127
ISBN-10: 0521312124
Series: London Mathematical Society Lecture Notes
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 14th July 1986
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.42