South Coast New Guinea Cultures
History, Comparison, Dialectic
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South Coast New Guinea Cultures by Bruce M. Knauft
Book DescriptionThe communities of south coast New Guinea were the subject of classic ethnographies, and fresh studies in recent decades have put these rich and complex cultures at the centre of anthropological debates. Flamboyant sexual practices, such as ritual homosexuality, have attracted particular interest. In the first general book on the region, Dr Knauft reaches striking new comparative conclusions through a careful ethnographic analysis of sexuality, the status of women, ritual and cosmology, political economy, and violence among the region's seven major language-culture areas. The findings suggest new Melanesian regional contrasts and provide for a general critique of the way regional comparisons are constructed in anthropology. Theories of practice and political economy as well as post-modern insights are drawn upon to provide a generative theory of indigenous social and symbolic development.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521418829
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Mar-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bruce M. Knauft
Returns to the Field, Paperback (November 2011)
Documents how re-visiting fieldwork sites shapes anthropologists' interpretations
Exchanging the Past, Paperback (August 2002)
This study explores the dramatic change in the world of the Gebusi, a tribe from Papua New Guinea who, for many years had one of the highest homicide rates in the world. With the introduction of modernity; schools, shops and Christianity these rates had plummeted.
Genealogies for the Present in Cultural Anthropology, Paperback (October 1996)
This work critically evaluates a range of perspectives that implicate culture, power, and representation in anthropology and examines how cultural anthropology can remain both ethically committed and ethnographically rigorous.
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A reassessment of the classic ethnographies of south coast New Guinea.
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