Mekeo : inequality and ambivalence in a village society

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1981

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Hau{u02B9}ofa, Epeli

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Australian National University Press

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Mekeo is a study of the organisation of a Melanesian village society. Dr Hau'ofa lived for some time among the Mekeo, a people from the Port Moresby area, studying their society and learning their language, and this book reports the results of his work. It contains valuable insights on their attitudes to such matters as sorcery, marriage and notions of good and evil. The book{u2019}s central theme, however, is the ascribed inequality in Mekeo society. Although Melanesian societies are often thought of as egalitarian Dr Hau'ofa shows that the Mekeo place great emphasis on the principle of inequality in their most important political and social relationships. His case is illustrated by fascinatingly detailed examples of dealings between groups such as elder and younger brothers, junior and senior chiefs and the givers and, takers of wives.

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