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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Firth, Raymond, 1901-2002
Economics of the New Zealand Maori
Published By: Original publisher
Wellington, NZ.: R. E. Owen, Govt.Printer. 1959. 519 p.,
plates ill., map
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Raymond William Firth ; with a pref. by R. H. Tawney
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
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);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
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author draws upon a wealth of ethnographic material from both published and unpublished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 Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Second edition of 'Thesis approved for the degree of
doctor of philosophy in the University of London.' Includes bibliographical references (p.
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
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
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Joan Steffens ; 1965: John Beierle; 2007
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Maori (New Zealand people)--Economic conditions