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Capitalism, primitive and modern : some aspects of Tolai economic growth

Epstein, T. Scarlett

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A flexible social system with a monetised economy and many of the features of a modern capitalistic society is unusual among underdeveloped peoples. Such a system existed among the Tolai of New Britain long before European contact, though at the same time they were a primitive, cannibalistic people. In the last seventy years they have come to be regarded as the most advanced and sophisticated people in the whole of New Guinea. From her intimate knowledge of conditions among the Tolai the author...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorEpstein, T. Scarlett
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-18T05:52:54Z
dc.date.available2017-04-18T05:52:54Z
dc.date.copyright1968
dc.identifier.otherb1913188
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/114857
dc.description.abstractA flexible social system with a monetised economy and many of the features of a modern capitalistic society is unusual among underdeveloped peoples. Such a system existed among the Tolai of New Britain long before European contact, though at the same time they were a primitive, cannibalistic people. In the last seventy years they have come to be regarded as the most advanced and sophisticated people in the whole of New Guinea. From her intimate knowledge of conditions among the Tolai the author shows that even such favourable pre-conditions of growth provide no more than fertile ground for new economic ventures. Sooner or later a stage is reached where a new institutional framework is needed for further growth. With a wealth of carefully recorded detail and a stimulating approach Dr Epstein has examined the development among the Tolai of a modern cash economy: through cash cropping to investment in tertiary industry which by its nature is protected from foreign competition. The Tolai have altered but not abandoned their former way of life, with consequent problems of stress in the subtle relationship between traditional and modern forces in an economic and social system. Dr Epstein{u2019}s analysis of the Tolai{u2019}s economic growth demonstrates the significance of social factors for an understanding of economic problems. Her book is important for economists, social anthropologists, and the planners and administrators in underdeveloped areas, and it will have a wide appeal for readers interested in social, political, and economic change in a society before and after European influence.
dc.format.extent182 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherANU Press
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subject.lcshTolai Economic conditions
dc.titleCapitalism, primitive and modern : some aspects of Tolai economic growth
dc.typeBook
dc.date.issued1968
local.publisher.urlhttp://press.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusPublished Version
dc.date.updated2017-04-18T05:52:54Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra, ACT, Australia
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenanceThis republication is part of the digitisation project being carried out by Scholarly Information Services/Library and ANU Press under the provisions of Section 200AB of the Copyright Act, 1968 - http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ca1968133/s200ab.html
CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)

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