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Author Strathern, Andrew.

Title The rope of moka : big-men and ceremonial exchange in Mount Hagen, New Guinea / Andrew Strathern
Published Cambridge, [Eng.] : University Press, 1971

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Description xv, 254 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Series Cambridge studies in social anthropology ; 4
Cambridge studies in social anthropology ; 4
Contents Machine derived contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. Groups; 3. Ceremonial grounds; 4. Warfare, alliance, and compensation; 5. Moka transactions and media of exchange; 6. Moka chains; 7. Counting pigs and shells; 8. Disputes and struggles precipitated by moka occasions; 9. Moka and the status of big-man; 10. The moka system and the behaviour of big-men; Appendices
Summary "In the Mount Hagen area of central New Guinea, warfare has been replaced since the arrival of the Europeans by a vigorous development of moka, a competitive ceremonial exchange of wealth objects. The exchanges of pigs, shells and other valuables are interpreted as acting as a bond between groups, and as a means whereby individuals, notably the big-men, can maximize their status. Professor Strathern analyses the ways in which competition between big-men actually takes place, and the effects of this competition on the overall political system."--Publisher
Analysis New Guinean peoples Social customs Exchange of wealth objects Moka Papua-New Guinea. Mount Hagen region
New Guinean peoples Social customs Exchange of wealth objects Moka Papua-New Guinea Mount Hagen region
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliographical addenda: xiv
Includes bibliography (pages 244-247) and index
Notes From the collection of Ron Vanderwal
Subject Ceremonial exchange -- Papua New Guinea -- Mount Hagen.
Ceremonial exchange -- Papua New Guinea.
Ethnology -- Mount Hagen, New Guinea
Ethnology -- Papua New Guinea -- New Guinea (Territory) -- Mount Hagen
Ethnology -- New Guinea -- Mount Hagen
Ethnology -- Papua New Guinea -- Hagen Mount Region
Ethnology -- Papua New Guinea -- Hagen, Mount Region
Ethnology -- Papua New Guinea -- Mount Hagen.
Ethnology -- Papua New Guinea -- Mt. Hagen
LC no. 73130911
ISBN 052107987X