Firth, Raymond William, 1901-
We, the Tikopia: a sociological study of kinship in primitive Polynesia
London, England: George Allen and Unwin, Ltd., 1936. xxix, 605 p., plates: ill., maps
[by] Raymond Firth ; with a preface by Bronislaw Malinowski
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This is an analysis of the importance of kinship in the regulation of Tikopia life. The interpenetration of kinship with other aspects of culture is pointed out most clearly by the author in his evaluation of the Tikopia regulation of land ownership, sex, and marriage, in the economics of gift-giving, and in the rites associated with initiation and death. Personal relationships and patterns of behavior between members of families and kindred groups are given close attention. Co-operative activities following kinship lines are explained, and the whole economy of the island is shown to be tied up with kinship obligations in mutual aid and reciprocal gift exchange.| Firth, a student of Malinowski, was at the time of the publication of this book a Reader in Anthropology at the University of London. He spent twelve months on Tikopia, during the years 1928-29.
Document ID: ot11-002
Bibliography: p. 282.|Includes index
Several non-text pages and pp. 601-605 are not included.
A glossary may be found in category 104
Tikopia Island, Solomon Islands
Tikopia (Solomon Islands peoples)