Living Kinship in the Pacific (Pacific Perspectives: Studies of the European Society for Oceanists 4)

Living Kinship in the Pacific (Pacific Perspectives: Studies of the European Society for Oceanists 4)

By: Christina Toren (editor), Simonne Pauwels (editor)Hardback

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Unaisi Nabobo-Baba observed that for the various peoples of the Pacific, kinship is generally understood as "knowledge that counts." It is with this observation that the volume begins, and it continues with a straightforward objective to provide case studies of Pacific kinship. In doing so, contributors share an understanding of kinship as a lived and living dimension of contemporary human lives, in an area where deep historical links provide for close and useful comparison. The ethnographic focus is on transformation and continuity over time in Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa with the addition of three instructive cases from Tokelau, Papua New Guinea, and Taiwan. The book ends with an account of how kinship is constituted in day-to-day ritual and ritualized behavior.

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Christina Toren earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and is Professor of Anthropology and Founding Director of the Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of St. Andrews. Her works include Mind, Materiality and History (1999) and The Challenge of Epistemology (co-edited with Joao de Pina-Cabral, 2012). Simonne Pauwels is a Researcher at CNRS and the adjunct director of CREDO. Before working in Fiji, she conducted research in Eastern Indonesia for many years and, besides a number of articles, has written Metanleru, un voilier predateur: Renommee et fertilite dans l'ile de Selaru (2009) and D'un nom a l'autre en Asie du Sud-Est, Approches ethnologiques (co-edited with Josiane Massard-Vincent, 1999).


List of Illustrations; Introduction: Kinship in the Pacific as Knowledge that Counts - Christina Toren and Simonne Pauwels; Chapter 1. The Mutual Implication of Kinship and Chiefship in Fiji - Unaisi Nabobo-Baba; Chapter 2. Pigs for Money: Kinship and the Monetisation of Exchange among the Truku - Ching-Hsiu Lin; Chapter 3. Fijian Kinship: Exchange and Migration - Jara Hulkenberg; Chapter 4. Gendered Sides and Ritual Moieties: Tokelau Kinship as Social Practice - Ingjerd Hoem; Chapter 5. Tongan Kinship Terminology and Social Stratification - Svenja Volkel; Chapter 6. 'I suffered when my sister gave birth.' Transformations of the Brother-Sister Bond Among the Ankave-Anga of Papua New Guinea - Pascale Bonnemere; Chapter 7. The Vasu Position and the Sister's Mana. The Case of Lau (Fiji) - Simonne Pauwels; Chapter 8. Sister or Wife? You've Got to Choose. A Solution to the Puzzle of Village Exogamy in Samoa - Serge Tcherkezoff; Chapter 9. The Sister's Return. The Brother-Sister Relationship, the Tongan Fahu and the Unfolding of Kinship in Polynesia - Francoise Douaire-Marsaudon; Chapter 10. How Would We Have Got Here if our Paternal Grandmother Had Not Existed? Relations of Locality, Blood, Life and Name in Nasau (Fiji) - Francoise Cayrol; Chapter 11. How ritual articulates kinship - Christina Toren; Notes on Contributors

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  • publication date: 01/04/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781782385776
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 300
  • ID: 9781782385776
  • weight: 540
  • ISBN10: 1782385770

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