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Wives and wanderers in a New Guinea highlands society : women's lives in the Wahgi Valley / by Marie Olive Reay ; edited by Francesca Merlan ; with additional introduction by Marilyn Strathern
Bib ID 6894590
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, online resource]
Author
Reay, Marie, 1922-2004, author
 
Online Access
Online Versions
Description Canberra, ACT : ANU Press, [2014] 
©2014 
1 online resource (lxvi, 202 pages) : illustrations, maps, portraits (some colour) 
ISBN 9781925022162 (ebook)
97819250212155 (paperback)
Series

PANDORA electronic collection.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Available online. Address as at 21/07/15: http://press.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/whole3.pdf 

Summary

Wives and Wanderers in a New Guinea Highlands Society brings to the reader anthropologist Marie Reay's field research from the 1950s and 1960s on women's lives in the Wahgi Valley, Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Dramatically written, each chapter adds to the main story that Reay wanted to tell, contrasting young girls' freedom to court and choose partners, with the constraints (and violence) they were to experience as married women. Had this manuscript appeared when Reay apparently completed it in its present form - around 1965 - it would have been the first published ethnography of women's lives in the Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Its retrieval from Reay's papers, and availability now, adds a new dimension to works on gender relations in Melanesian societies, and to the history of Australian and Pacific anthropology.

Full contents
  • Editor's introduction
  • Introduction
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: The world of a woman
  • Chapter 2: Carrying leg
  • Chapter 3: A girl is marked
  • Chapter 4: A rubbish man takes a wife
  • Chapter 5: Lothario gains a bride
  • Chapter 6: The Amazonian mood
  • Chapter 7: Meri Tultul
 
Notes

Title from PDF title page (viewed on 26 March 2015).

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Women -- Papua New Guinea -- Social conditions.  |  Women -- Papua New Guinea -- Social life and customs.  |  Wahgi (Papua New Guinean people) -- Social life and customs.
Other authors/contributors Merlahn, Francesca, editor  |  Strathern, Marilyn, author of introduction  |  Australian National University, issuing body

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