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The Rope of Moka : Big-men and Ceremonial Exchange in Mount Hagen New Guinea - Andrew Strathern

The Rope of Moka

Big-men and Ceremonial Exchange in Mount Hagen New Guinea

Paperback Published: 10th November 1975
ISBN: 9780521099578
Number Of Pages: 284

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In the Mount Hagen area of central New Guinea, warfare has been replaced since the arrival of the Europeans by a vigorous development of moka, a competitive ceremonial exchange of wealth objects. The exchanges of pigs, shells and other valuables are interpreted as acting as a bond between groups, and as a means whereby individuals, notably the big-men, can maximize their status. Professor Strathern analyses the ways in which competition between big-men actually takes place, and the effects of this competition on the overall political system.

Ceremonial grounds
Warfare, alliance, and compensation
Moka transactions and media of exchange
Moka chains
Counting pigs and shells
Disputes and struggles precipitated by moka occasions
Moka and the status of big-man
The moka system and the behaviour of big-men
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ISBN: 9780521099578
ISBN-10: 0521099579
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 10th November 1975
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.38