Raymond William, 1901-
Economics of the New Zealand Maori
Wellington, NZ.: R. E. Owen, Govt.Printer, 1959.
519 p., plates: ill., map
By line: Raymond William Firth ; With a pref. by R. H.
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Production and supply (433);
Annual cycle (221);
Cultural participation (184);
Functional and adaptational interpretations (182);
Nuclear family (594);
Labor and leisure (461);
Visiting and hospitality (574);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
This classic in economic anthropology is a
functional study of aboriginal Maori social and economic organization prior to
1840. It touches on class structure, land system, industry, methods of
co-operative labor, exchange and distribution, the psychology of work, and the
role of magic in economics. Although dealing with the institutions of a single
people, this work also discusses problems of general theory. The author draws
upon a wealth of ethnographic material from both published and unpublished
sources plus his own field experience. This document is the second edition of
the book originally published as 'Primitive Economics of the New Zealand Maori'
in 1929. The chapters on economic anthropology and economic change have been
revised to include new developments in both areas. The chapter on traditional
Maori means of communication has been omitted from this edition.
Document ID: oz04-004
Second edition of 'Thesis
approved for the degree of doctor of philosophy in the University of
Joan Steffens ; 1965: John Beierle;
Maori (New Zealand people)--Economic