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The Fame of Gawa A Symbolic Study of Value Transformation in a Massim Society by Nancy D. Munn
  

The Fame of Gawa A Symbolic Study of Value Transformation in a Massim Society

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The Fame of Gawa A Symbolic Study of Value Transformation in a Massim Society by Nancy D. Munn

This new edition of the critically acclaimed The Fame of Gawa-originally published in 1986-makes available for the first time this important work in paperback. The Fame of Gawa is concerned with fundamental practices of value creation on Gawa, a small island off the southeast coast of mainland Papua New Guinea, the inhabitants of which participate in the long-distance kula shell exchange ring. Integrating various aspects of the study of society and culture--including the sociocultural construction of space and time, self-other relations and the body, and moral and political problems of hierarchy and equality-Nancy D. Munn shows that it is through achieving fame in the wider inter-island world that the Gawan community asserts its own internal viablity.

Reviews

This is an almost ideal realisation of the twin aims of anthropology and ethnographic writing... This is not just a book about a tiny island, and not just a book for Melanesianists. It coordinates a number of contemporary issues in anthropology. Marilyn Strathern, Man At once both virtuoso ethnography and a brilliant effort at systematic conceptualization in social theory. George Marcus, Choice The Fame of Gawa will sit comfortably on the shelf alongside--or perhaps even replace--Malinowski's Argonauts of the Western Pacific as a classic of anthropology... [Munn's book] ... masterfully integrates cultural analysis with detailed ethnography. Miriam Kahn, American Anthropologist


About the Author

Nancy D. Munn is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

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Book Info

Publication date

15th June 1992

Author

Nancy D. Munn

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Publisher

Duke University Press

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Anthropology

ISBN

9780822312703

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