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'Are my brothers fucking your sister?' Shaming and being (a)shamed in a Sepik society

Hoenigman, Darja


Some months after being verbally abused by his wife in a domestic quarrel, an Awiakay man died. One of the rumours that circulated about his death was that it was caused by his having been so badly shamed. The Awiakay people of East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea use the same verb root, munjoko-, to express what translates into English as both ‘feeling shame’ and ‘feeling fear’. Based on video recordings and verbatim transcripts of a number of domestic and intra-village fights, as well as...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Anthropology
DOI: 10.1111/taja.12153


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