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Stealing people's names : social structure, cosmology and politics in a Sepik River village

Harrison, Simon Joseph


The political life of Avatip, a community on the Sepik River in northwestern Papua New Guinea, revolves almost exclusively around disputes between descent groups over the ownership of personal names. The purpose of this thesis is to explain the value which personal names have in this society, and which makes them a focus of competition; to describe the manner in which these conflicts are conducted and resolved; and to examine their consequences for the political system of the...[Show more]

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Date published: 1982-03
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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