Firth, Raymond William, 1901-. Primitive Polynesian economy

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Chapter I Problems Of Primitive Economics

Modern Studies In Primitive Economics

Methods And Theory Of Modern Social Anthropology

Lack Of Co-ordination Between Anthropology And Economics

Majoe Problems In Tikopla Economics

Chapter Ii Food And Population In Tikopia

Wants And Their Satisfaciion

The Social Context Of Food

The Population Problem

Crude Factors Of Population Pressure

Possible Changes In Agricultural Production

Population And Land Of Chiefly Groups

Command Of Food Resources By Individuals

Cultivation Of The Major Food Plants

Varlations In Food Supply , 1928-9

Chapter Iii Knowledge, Technique, And Economic Lore

The Level Of Technical Achievement

Invention As A Cultural Process

Reason And Rule In Technical Procedure

The Distribution And Transmission Of Economic Lore

Chapter Iv The Labour Situation

Division Of Labour

Occupational Specialists

Types Of Co-operation In Work

Study Of A Working Party At The Repair Of A Canoe

The Role Of Language In Work

Case Material On Specific Undertakings

Labour Supply

Leadership In Work

Ideology Of Production

Attitudes To Work

Efficiency Of The Tikopla Labour Organization

Chapter V Ritual In Productive Activity

The General Problem Of Ritual And Economics

Some General Propositions For Tikopia

Different Forms Of Ritual Of Production

Ritual Of Net-making

Effects Of Ritual On Production

Chapter Vi Economic Functions Of The Chiefs

Economic Position Of A Potential Chief

The Role Of The Chief In Production

Occupations Of Ariki Kafika After Work Of Gods In December, 1928

The Imposition Of Tapu

The Chief As Consumer

A Chief Gives A Feast

Social Effects Of Feasts

The Chief's Contribution In The Tikopia Economy

Chapter Vii Property And Capital In Production

Accumulation Of Some Major Types Of Goods


Pandanus Mats



Concept Of Ownership

Ownership Of Land

Ownership Of Manufactured Goods

Theft And The Conservation Of Property

Entry Of Goods Into Production


Chapter Viii Principles Of Distribution And Payment

Apportionment Of The Product Of Co-operative Work

(i) Fishing

(ii) Sago And Turmeric

Food As Payment For Labour

Goods As Payment For Specialized Labour

Payment To Other Factors Of Production

Payment For Non-labour Services

Covert Exchange

The Concept Of Reciprocity

Chapter Ix Exchange And Value

Exchange Of Goods

Forced Exchange

Borrowing, Theft, And Compensation

Ceremonial Exchange

Exchangr In Mortuary Ceremonies

The Economic Value Of Goods

The Relative Worth Of Goods In Tikopia

Spheres Of Exchange

Ceremonial Destruction

Exchange In A Personalized Economy

Chapter X Characteristics Of A Primitive Economy

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Title: Primitive Polynesian economy

Published By: London, England: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1939. xi, 387 p., plates: ill., map

By line: [by] Raymond Firth

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

Culture: Tikopia (OT11)

Subjects: Production and supply (433);

Abstract: This is a complete and detailed analysis of the economic system in Tikopia. Principles of land ownership, rules for gift-giving on ceremonial occasions and in payment for work, and kinship obligations governing mutual aid are discussed in detail. Since the Tikopia have no system of price, value, etc., corresponding to our economic concepts of them, and no competitive barganing, their economic principles are those which best serve ritual and kinship obligations. The role of the chiefs in productive and ritual activities is given full attention, and principles of distribution, payment, and accumulation of goods are well covered.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: ot11-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Bibliography: p. 381.|Includes index

Field Date: 1928-1929

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Philip Dark

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Tikopia Island, Solomon Islands

LCSH: Tikopia (Solomon Islands peoples)


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