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One father, one blood : descent and group structure among the Melpa people

Strathern, Andrew


The Mount Hagen people of the New Guinea Highlands have no indigenous centralised authority. They have, nonetheless, clear patterns of social order and leadership. The problem of how order is achieved in such societies has exercised anthropologists since the 1940s. It is also one of considerable relevance to New Guinea as it is emerging today. This study builds its case not only on the descent characteristics which have been stressed in African models of uncentralised societies but also on the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 1972
Type: Book
Access Rights: Open Access


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