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Title Big men and great men : personifications of power in Melanesia / edited by Maurice Godelier and Marilyn Strathern
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press ; Paris : Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 1991


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Description xviii, 328 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents From great men to big men : peace, substitution and competition in the Highlands of New Guinea / Pierre Lemonnier -- Great man, big man, chief : a triangulation of the Massim / John Liep -- Soaring hawks and grounded persons : the politics of rank and gender in north Vanuatu / Margaret Jolly -- Punishing the yams : leadership and gender ambivalence on Sabarl Island / Debbora Battaglia -- Great men and total systems : North Mekeo hereditary authority and social reproduction / Mark Mosko --The cryptic brotherhood of big men and great men in Ilahita / Donald Tuzin -- Complementarity and rivalry : two contradictory principles in Yafar society / Bernard Juillerat -- How Oro Province societies fit Godelier's model / Eric Schwimmer -- The fractal person / Roy Wagner
The flute myth and the law of equivalence : origins of a principle of exchange / Gillian Gillison -- One man and many men / Marilyn Strathern -- 'Interests' in exchange : increment, equivalence and the limits of big-manship / Rena Lederman -- Post-Ipomoen modernism : the Duna example / Nicholas Modjeska -- Big men, great men and women : alternative logics of gender differences / Dan Jorgensen -- An unfinished attempt at reconstructing the social processes which may have prompted the transformation of great-men societies into big-men societies / Maurice Godelier
Analysis Melanesia
Social structure
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 305-320
Subject Big man (Melanesia)
Political anthropology -- Melanesia.
Political leadership -- Melanesia.
Power (Social sciences)
Power (Social sciences) -- Melanesia.
Author Godelier, Maurice.
Strathern, Marilyn.
LC no. 90001312
ISBN 0521390184