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Author Firth, Raymond, 1901-2002

Title Primitive economics of the New Zealand Maori / Raymond Firth
Published London : Routledge, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (535 pages)
Series Routledge revivals
Routledge revivals
Contents Primitive Economics of the New Zealand Maori -- Copyright Page -- I. The Study of Primitive Economics -- II. The Maori And His Economic Resources -- III. Social Structure and Economic Organization -- IV. The Psychology of Work -- V. The Nature of Maori Industry -- VI. The Organization of Production -- VII. Magic in Economics -- VIII. The Distribution of Goods and Payment for Labour -- IX. The Feast -- X. The Ownership and Command of Wealth -- XI. The Land -- XII. The Exchange of Gifts -- XIII. Native Tracks and Canoe-Ways -- XIV. The Economic Aspect of Culture Change -- XV. The Maori Community
Summary First published in 1929, Raymond Firth's original and insightful study offers an incredibly detailed account of the social and economic organisation of the Maori people before their contact with Western civilisation.Bridging the gap between anthropology and economics, the work covers the class structure, land system, industry, methods of co-operative labour, exchange and distribution, and the psychological foundations of Maori society. This reissue will be welcomed by all students of anthropology and anyone interested the history of the Maori people
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Subject Economic anthropology -- New Zealand
Maori (New Zealand people)
Economic anthropology.
Maori (New Zealand people)
Mātauranga tikanga tāngata.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
Rangahau o te noho-ā-iwi.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
New Zealand.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1136505377