The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. • New York • Published In 1988 • Pages: xx, 184
By: Weiner, Annette B..
AbstractThis book explores the relationship '…between power and death as men and women, each in their own way, with their own valuables, confront the eternal problem of sustaining hierarchial relations in the face of loss and decay' (p. 13). Topics covered are: a brief cultural history of Trobriand society and the vitality of these people in facing the changes of the 1980s; the rituals surrounding death; the different but complementary roles played by men and women in the birth process; youth and sexuality; marriage and the manipulation of wealth to enhance one's influence with others; chiefs and their positions in the society; methods of spreading one's fame through enormous productive work and the expenditure of huge resources; women's wealth; and the significance of the inter-island Kula exchange among men.
- HRAF PubDate
- Sub Region
- Document Type
- John Beierle
- Coverage Date
- not specified
- Coverage Place
- Kiriwina Island, Papua New Guinea
- [by] Annette B. Weiner
- Bibliography: p. 173-180.|Includes index
- Trobriand Islanders