Caughey, John L., 1941-. Fa’a’nakkar cultural values in a Micronesian society

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Title: Fa’a’nakkar cultural values in a Micronesian society

Published By: Philadelphia, Pa.: Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1977. x, 180 p.: ill., maps

By line: by John L. Caughey

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Chuuk (OR19)

Subjects: Incorporeal property (424); Ethics (577); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Lineages (613);

Abstract: In this study, Caughey discusses Chuuk cultural values--character, in particular--and their relationship to social behavior. The Chuuk classify and evaluate character according to three basic dimensions: bravery vs. cowardice, respectfulness vs. arrogance, and strong thought vs. weak thought. Bravery, respectfulness and strong thought are considered the ideal, although arrogance is tolerated in association with bravery. According to Caughey, these definitions of character “embody the basic rules of conduct that are necessary for achieving and maintaining a desirable reputation (46).” Caughey shows how lending, giving, sharing and destroying valuables relates to character perception, self-esteem and being “a person of consequence.” Valuables include land, food, goods and special knowledge. The various kinds of special knowledge are house building, canoe building, navigation, fighting, divination, curing, sorcery, strategy, and love magic.

Document Number: 26

Document ID: or19-026

Document Type: monograph

Language: English


Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-180)

Field Date: 1968

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 1997

Coverage Date: 1968

Coverage Place: Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia

LCSH: Trukese (Micronesian people)


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