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Big Men and Great Men - Personifications of Power in Melanesia (Hardcover) Loot Price: R1,387
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Big Men and Great Men - Personifications of Power in Melanesia (Hardcover): Maurice Godelier, Marilyn Strathern

Big Men and Great Men - Personifications of Power in Melanesia (Hardcover)

Maurice Godelier, Marilyn Strathern

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The societies of Melanesia have been a constant stimulus to anthropological theory. In this collection of essays, anthropologists who have worked in all parts of the Melanesian region of the Pacific bring their expertise to bear on a single theoretical issue. This is a hypothesis formulated by Maurice Godelier concerning the relationship between power, kinship and wealth. Although tightly focused on Godelier's work, the book opens up a major enquiry into the constitution of society in a part of the world where men of prominence come to personify the nature of power. 'Big men', entrepreneurs of exchanges, and 'great men', who flourish in societies characterised by restricted exchanges and ritual complexity, appear to belong to quite different systems. This book considers how substantial the difference between them really is.

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Imprint: Cambridge UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: March 1991
First published: 1991
Authors: Maurice Godelier • Marilyn Strathern
Dimensions: 237 x 162 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 346
ISBN-13: 978-0-521-39018-7
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology > General
LSN: 0-521-39018-4
Barcode: 9780521390187

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