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I am still a young girl if i want': Relational personhood and individual autonomy in the trobriand islands

Lepani, Katherine


In the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea, sexuality is valued as a positive expression of relational personhood, registering the efficacy of consensual and pleasurable practice in producing and maintaining social relations. The power of sexuality to demonstrate individual and collective capacity and potential holds particular salience for unmarried young people. This paper draws on my ethnographic research on culture and HIV in the Trobriands to address perduring questions about the locus...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceania
DOI: 10.1002/ocea.5073


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