Firth, Raymond, 1901-2002. 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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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Primitive Polynesian economy

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] Raymond Firth

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Tikopia (OT11)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Production and supply (433);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ot11-001

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Bibliography: p. 381.|Includes index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1928-1929

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Philip Dark

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Tikopia Island, Solomon Islands

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Tikopia (Solomon Islands peoples)


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