The fame of Gawa : a symbolic study of value transformation in a Massim (Papua New Guinea) society
- Nancy D. Munn.
- Durham : Duke University Press, 1992.
- Physical description
- xviii, 331 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
- Lewis Henry Morgan lectures ; 1976.
- Munn, Nancy D., 1931-
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 317-325) and index.
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. Nancy D. Munn is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.
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- Original date
- Originally published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1986. (The Lewis Henry Morgan lecture ; 1976)
- Revision and expansion of the author's lectures originally given at the University of Rochester on Nov. 2, 4, 9, and 11, 1976.
- 0822312700 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
- 9780822312703 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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