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Totem and transaction: the objectification of tradition among North Mekeo

Mosko, Mark


Most recent treatments of Melanesian post-contact change have presumed that objectifications of 'culture' and 'tradition' have intensified and proliferated in response to the forces of colonialism and the penetration of the nation-state. Harrison (2000) has recently argued, however, that in pre-colonial times too Melanesians characteristically objectified their cultural practices and identities as 'possessions' that could be readily exchanged or transacted. Supposedly, the key difference...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceania


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