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Description - The Rope of Moka by Andrew Strathern

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521099578
ISBN-10: 0521099579
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Sep-1975
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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