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Daughters of Sina : a study of gender, status and power in Western Samoa

Meleisea, Penelope Schoeffel

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The dyadic structure of Samoan society is based upon a concept of power comprising two complementary aspects; sacred and secular. These divisions operate as fundamental ordering principles in society. Power, in the sense of the ability to exert moral suasion and authority, is perceived as the combination of secular action and sacred legitimation. This duality derives from beliefs about the origin of society; that sacred power originated through matrilineal descent lines from the...[Show more]

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Date published: 1979
Type: Thesis (PhD)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/110688
DOI: 10.25911/5d76368a41ee6

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