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The Heart of the Pearl Shell: The Mythological Dimension of Foi Sociality

Weiner, James F.

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ISBN 10: 0520061322 / ISBN 13: 9780520061323
Editorial: Univ. of California, 1988
Condición: As New Encuadernación de tapa dura
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One of a large, sophisticated collection from an Australian anthropologist on New Guinea, Papua and related subject areas. Several hundred volumes from this collection are listed at this site and can be found as a set by searching for the special Keyword pwnewguinea. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 322 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. Dust Jacket is in very good condition, without tears or chips or other damage, other than spine which is faded by sun exposure. Dust Jacket un-clipped. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Book and dustjacket condition has been well-preserved due to clear, acid-free Mylar book/jacket covers. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Anthropology; ISBN: 0520061322. ISBN/EAN: 9780520061323. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 28756. For further info on this title, click on the "Ask Bookseller a Question" button directly underneath this listing. We will reply within 24 hours. Otherwise you can order right now (inclusive of shipping options) from the "Add to Basket" button to the right. N° de ref. de la librería 28756

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Título: The Heart of the Pearl Shell: The ...

Editorial: Univ. of California

Año de publicación: 1988

Encuadernación: Hardcover (Original Cloth)

Condición del libro:As New

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First Edition.

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For the Foi people who live on the edge of the central highlands of Papua New Guinea, the flow of pearl shells is the "heart" of their social life. The pearl shell is the exchange item that mediates the creation of their most important sexual and social roles. The Heart of the Pearl Shell analyzes a number of myths of the Foi people, elegantly bringing together significant ethnographic materials in a way that has important implications for the development of social theory in anthropology and in Melanesian studies. Scholars of semiotic-symbolic anthropology and of comparative religion will also share the author's interest in the meaning and role of mythology in Foi culture.

Instead of relying on orthodox methods of Freudian or structuralist interpretation, James Weiner assumes there is a dialectical relationship between the images of Foi myth and the images of the Foi's social world. He demonstrates how each set of these images is dependent upon the other for its creation. This innovative study locates Foi social meaning in the re-creation and attempted solution of the moral dilemmas that are crystallized in mythology and other poetic usages.

About the Author:

James F. Weiner is a lecturer in the Department of Prehistory and Anthropology at the Australian National University, Canberra.

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