An Introduction to the Anthropology of Melanesia

Culture and Tradition
Author: Paul Sillitoe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521588362
Category: Social Science
Page: 254
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This Introduction to the Anthropology of Melanesia is intended for undergraduate anthropology students with some grounding in the issues and ideas that inform the discipline, and for courses in Pacific Studies. Each chapter focuses on a topic common to many cultures in the region, such as the role of so-called Big Men, ancestors, male initiation, and exchange, and these ideas are fleshed out with apt ethnographic examples. Melanesia is a fascinating culture area, and has always been a popular fieldwork site for anthropologists, including W. H. R. Rivers, Bronislaw Malinowski, Margaret Mead, and Gregory Bateson. Some of the most important theoretical contributions to the subject were also first formulated with reference to Melanesian studies, and students today still learn much of their basic anthropology from Melanesian examples.

The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond


Author: John Barker
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317044975
Category: Social Science
Page: 258
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The Anthropology of Morality in Melanesia and Beyond examines how Melanesians experience and deal with moral dilemmas and challenges. Taking Kenelm Burridge’s seminal work as their starting point, the contributors focus upon public situations and types of people that exemplify key ethical contradictions for members of moral communities. While returning to some classical concerns, such as the roles of big men and sorcerers, the book opens new territory with richly textured ethnographic studies and theoretical reviews that explore the interface between the values associated with indigenous village life and the ethical orientations associated with Christianity, the state, the marketplace, and other facets of ’modernity'. A major contribution to the emerging field of the anthropology of morality, the volume includes some of the most prominent scholars working in the discipline today, including Bruce Knauft, Joel Robbins, F.G. Bailey, Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington.

Pacific Neighbors

The Islands of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia
Author: Betty Dunford,Reilly Ridgell
Publisher: Bess Press
ISBN: 9781573060226
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 188
View: 5316

Offers information on all the island groups of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia, covering geography, geology, migration, history, climate, and pre-contact lifestyles.

Religions of Melanesia

A Bibliographic Survey
Author: G. W. Trompf
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 1567206662
Category: Religion
Page: 721
View: 9249

Religions of Melanesia is the first comprehensive annotated bibliography of religious life in a region that boasts over one-quarter of the world's distinct religions.

Ritualized Homosexuality in Melanesia


Author: Gilbert H. Herdt
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520080966
Category: Social Science
Page: 409
View: 1727

This book contains the work of seven leading anthropologists on the subject of ritualized homosexuality, and it marks the first time that anthropologists have systematically studied cross-cultural variations in homosexual behavior in a non-Western culture area. The book as a whole indicates that contemporary theories of sex and gender development need revision in light of the Melanesian findings.

Social Change in Melanesia

Development and History
Author: Paul Sillitoe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521778060
Category: Social Science
Page: 264
View: 7424

This book offers a clear and absorbing account of social change in Melanesia since the arrival of Europeans, covering the colonial period and the history of the new post-colonial states. It discusses economic and technological change, urbanisation, the development of the modern state, and the often violent reactions to these dramatic transformations, and considers the dilemmas of development that threaten the environment. A companion to An Introduction to the Anthropology of Melanesia (1998), it is addressed to students with little or no background in the region's history and development.

Politics in Melanesia


Author: Ahmed Ali
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Melanesia
Page: 170
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Birds of Melanesia

Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia
Author: Guy Dutson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408152460
Category: Science
Page: 448
View: 7610

This new Helm Field Guide covers the species-rich Melanesia region of the south-west Pacific, from New Caledonia and the Solomons through the Bismarks to Vanuatu, a popular destination for tours and travellers and one that has never before had field-guide coverage. The cover star is the Kagu, the region's most iconic bird species and a highly sought-after endemic of New Caledonia. Superb colour plates illustrate the 650 species that occur in the region, allied with concise identification text and a series of distribution colour bars. For anyone travelling to this far-flung Pacific region, this book is indispensible.

Pacific Nations and Territories

The Islands of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia
Author: Reilly Ridgell
Publisher: Bess Press
ISBN: 9781573060011
Category: History
Page: 174
View: 9195

Offers information on all the island groups of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia, covering geography, geology, migration, history, climate, and pre-contact lifestyles.

Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia

An Exploration of the Comparative Method
Author: Thomas Gregor,Donald Tuzin
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520228528
Category: Science
Page: 392
View: 8123

Amazonia and Melanesia are half a world in distance, yet their cultures bear similarities in the areas of sex and gender. This work looks at ways in which sex and gender are elaborated, obsessed over, and internalized.

Reflections on Violence in Melanesia


Author: Sinclair Dinnen,Allison Ley
Publisher: Austrlian National Univ Faculty of Law
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 332
View: 2152

This collection of studies from commentators, academics and activists from throughout the region examines the diverse meanings of violence in Melanesia. It shows that the nature and level of violence varies widely across different Melanesian contexts, with some of those contexts experiencing extraordinary levels of violence.Through the reports the meaning of the categories used in Western law is challenged. Forms of oppression that were more important in the West centuries ago are still important in Melanesia, and while the cultural patterns of violence are local and plural, there are also global currents and paradoxes of political economies and restorative justice. This is not just a book for Melanesianists, but for all who are concerned about violence and healing it.

Nation Making

Emergent Identities in Postcolonial Melanesia
Author: Robert John Foster
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472084272
Category: Social Science
Page: 280
View: 7424

Examines the process of nation making in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu

From Primitive to Postcolonial in Melanesia and Anthropology


Author: Bruce M. Knauft
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472066872
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
View: 8105

A prominent scholar surveys the special place of Melanesia in our understanding of human cultural variation

Pacific Island Legends

Tales from Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Australia
Author: Bo Flood,Beret E. Strong,William Flood
Publisher: Bess Press
ISBN: 9781573060844
Category: Nature
Page: 266
View: 9275

Collects forty-three historical or traditional stories from the Pacific Islands, including creation myths and stories of gods, heroes, and ordinary people.

Adventuring in the Pacific

Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia
Author: Susanna Margolis
Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
ISBN: 9780871563903
Category: Travel
Page: 453
View: 5713

This is the most comprehensive travel guide available to the 15 South Pacific island nations of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia, a region 5 times the size of the continental United States. Includes 8 black-and-white photographs and 21 maps.

Melanesia: a geographical interpretation of an island world


Author: H. C. Brookfield,Doreen Hart
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 464
View: 4464



Culture, Kastom, Tradition

Developing Cultural Policy in Melanesia
Author: Lamont Lindstrom,Geoffrey Miles White
Publisher: [email protected]
ISBN: 9789820201026
Category: Melanesia
Page: 297
View: 7089



Prophets of Melanesia

Six Essays
Author: G. W. Trompf
Publisher: [email protected]
ISBN: 9789820200074
Category: Melanesia
Page: 162
View: 3310



The light of Melanesia

a record of fifty years' mission work in the South Seas, written after a personal visitation made by request of John Selwyn, late Bishop of Melanesia
Author: Henry Hutchinson Montgomery
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Melanesia
Page: 269
View: 1803