Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978. The Manus of the Admiralty Islands

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Title: The Manus of the Admiralty Islands

Published in: Cooperation and competition among primitive peoples, edited by Margaret Mead

Published By: Cooperation and competition among primitive peoples, edited by Margaret Mead New York ; London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1937. 210-239 p.

By line: by Margaret Mead

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Manus (OM06)

Subjects: Culture summary (105); Social personality (156); Functional and adaptational interpretations (182); Borrowing and lending (426); Internal trade (438); Status, role, and prestige (554); Social relationships and groups (571); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Regulation of marriage (582); Mode of marriage (583); Arranging a marriage (584); Family relationships (593); Kin relationships (602); Siblings-in-law (607); Community structure (621); Social control (626); Instigation of war (721); Eschatology (775); Aggression training (865); Transmission of cultural norms (867); Transmission of skills (868);

Abstract: This is a comprehensive general summary of Manus society, with emphasis on economic cooperation, condensed in part from the author's previous works on Manus appearing as documents 1-2, 4-7 of this file. After a general introduction to the Manus, Mead discusses the functioning of the society (which is tied up with kinship structure, mutual aid and financial assistance in marriage, debts and their discharge, leadership and the all pervading Sir Ghost cult); the early training of the child and his introduction to societal norms; Manus social personalities (e.g., leaders, dependents, and independents); degree of integration of the cultural life; correspondence between actual economic conditions and social behavior; displacement of competitiveness into the supernatural world; war; and sex and marriage. A short summary and bibliography conclude the work.

Document Number: 6

Document ID: om06-006

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 239)

Field Date: 1928-1929

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1964

Coverage Date: 1928-1929

Coverage Place: Village of Peri, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Manus (Papua New Guinea people)


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