Landscapes of Relations and Belonging: Body, Place and Politics in Wogeo, Papua New Guinea (Person, Space and Memory in the Contemporary Pacific 3)

Landscapes of Relations and Belonging: Body, Place and Politics in Wogeo, Papua New Guinea (Person, Space and Memory in the Contemporary Pacific 3)

By: Astrid Anderson (author)Hardback

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Wogeo Island is well known to anthropologists of Papua New Guinea. Based on substantial fieldwork, the author builds on and expands previous research by showing how Wogeos establish and maintain social relationships and identities connected to place and movement in the physical landscape. This innovative study demonstrates how Wogeo world views and social organization can be described in relation to terms of movements, flows, and placements in the landscape while, in turn, the landscape is constituted and made meaningful through people's activities and buildings. The author not only addresses some of the key issues in contemporary anthropology concerning place, gender, kinship, knowledge, and power but also fills an important gap in Melanesian ethnography.

About Author

Astrid Anderson has a doctoral degree in social anthropology from the University of Oslo and is presently a senior academic librarian at the University of Oslo Library.


List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Note on Orthography Introduction Wogeo and Ian Hogbin Wogeo Island The People of Dab The Chapters PART I: WOGEO ISLAND - PLACE AND PEOPLE Prelude Chapter 1: Life in Wogeo Dab Village Main Kinship Categories Daily Rhythms Food, Sharing and Exchange Mission, Colonial Powers and Change Language Chapter 2: The Legacy of Ian Hogbin and the Wogeo Culture Heroes The Origins of Kastom Onka and Mafofo PART II: BODIES, TABOOS AND SOCIALITY Prelude Chapter 3: Differentiation and Connectedness: Blood, Flutes and Gender Polluted Blood First Menstruation Childbirth Male Cleansing and the Male Cult Gendered Differentiation Chapter 4: Desired and Undesired Connections Pollution and Diseases of the Place Germs, Smell and Language Chapter 5: Death and Disconnections Manvara The Death of Ulbaia Decomposing the Composite Person The Last Work for Ulbaia Cutting the Skin PART III: LANDSCAPE, KNOWLEDGE AND LEADERSHIP Prelude Chapter 6: Sides, Pathways and Directions Chasing the Stars The Island as a Canoe Landscape of Paths and Places Village Landscapes Chapter 7: Knowledge and Leadership Forms of Leadership Knowledge and Leadership 'Everything goes in fours' Koakoale and Matrilineages Koakoale and Place Koakoale and Exchange Changing Expressions of Knowledge Knowledge, Truth and the Vatican Council PART IV: POLITICS OF BELONGING Prelude Chapter 8: Kinship, Place and Belonging 'The dead weight of old kinship categories' The 'problem' of Groups Shared Places Shared Blood Houses and Matrilineages Adoption Chapter 9: Dab Village - its Land, Houses and People The Construction of Singero Singero's Traditional Design Inheritance of Rights Flexibility and Perceived Permanence in the Dab Landscape Land Rights, Consensus and Corrugated Iron Conclusion Experience and Representation Relations in the Landscape Postlude References Glossary Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781845457754
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 324
  • ID: 9781845457754
  • weight: 499
  • ISBN10: 1845457757

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