Leach, Jerry W.. Introduction

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Title: Introduction

Published in: The Kula : new perspectives on Massim exchange, edited by Jerry W. Leach and Edmund Leach

Published By: The Kula : new perspectives on Massim exchange, edited by Jerry W. Leach and Edmund Leach Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1983. 1-26, 539-548 p.

By line: [by] Jerry W. Leach

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Trobriands (OL06)

Subjects: Information sources listed in other works (113); Reviews and critiques (114); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); History (175); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Ornament (301); Bone, horn, and shell technology (321); (43); Gift giving (431);

Abstract: In this article Leach updates Malinowski's material on the Kula as presented in his 'Argonauts of the Western Pacific' (see 1: Malinowksi). Leach does this first by reporting on the changes that have taken place in this institution since Malinowski's original observations, then by filling in the gaps in the data, and finally '...by reconsidering in light of this new evidence, just how far the theoretical issues posed by the system have been satisfactorily answered by past investigators or can be answered now' (p. 1). The article is divided into two parts, the first of which (Received Model of the Kula) provides a schematization of the fundamental structure and logic inherent in the Kula exchange, while the second part (Basic Interpretive Themes) is a distillation of the key ideas employed by theorists as an explanation of the total functioning of the system.

Document Number: 36

Document ID: ol06-036

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Bibliography: p. 539-548

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4, 5

Analyst: John Beierle

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Trobriand Islanders

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