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Anthropological knowledge, secrecy, and Bolivip, Papua New Guinea

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Published by OUP for the British Academy, Oxford, 2007.
Green boards, Gilt Titles. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: .
Twenty b/w illustrations.
Gift dedication signed by author on front free end-paper.

Anthropology imagines it possible to divide or separate social and analytical relations, whereby knowledge travels between persons as a thing. And yet, Bolivip imagines knowledge as the bodily resources or parts of a person that can be extended or combined with others. This methodological exchange is modelled on a moment from Bolivip - an exchange of skin whereby knowledge is returned in respect of prior nurture and care given, and two people become encompassed by one skin. The Min area of Papua New Guinea has proven to be one of the most enigmatic cultures in anthropological experience. But rather than accept this resistance to analysis as a problem of Melanesian secrecy, this volume suggests that archaic notions of anthropological knowledge have been the problem all along.

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Author(s):
Crook, Tony
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8vo
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
019726400X
ISBN-13:
9780197264003
Number of pages:
267
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Title:
Anthropological knowledge, secrecy, and Bolivip, Papua New Guinea

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Published by OUP for the British Academy, Oxford, 2007.
Green boards, Gilt Titles. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: .
Twenty b/w illustrations.
Gift dedication signed by author on front free end-paper.

Anthropology imagines it possible to divide or separate social and analytical relations, whereby knowledge travels between persons as a thing. And yet, Bolivip imagines knowledge as the bodily resources or parts of a person that can be extended or combined with others. This methodological exchange is modelled on a moment from Bolivip - an exchange of skin whereby knowledge is returned in respect of prior nurture and care given, and two people become encompassed by one skin. The Min area of Papua New Guinea has proven to be one of the most enigmatic cultures in anthropological experience. But rather than accept this resistance to analysis as a problem of Melanesian secrecy, this volume suggests that archaic notions of anthropological knowledge have been the problem all along.

Author(s):
Crook, Tony
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8vo
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
019726400X
ISBN-13:
9780197264003
Number of pages:
267
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Title:
Anthropological knowledge, secrecy, and Bolivip, Papua New Guinea

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