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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 8626026
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, online resource]
Author
Reay, Marie, 1922-2004, author
 
Online Access
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Edition Second edition. 
Access Conditions National edeposit: Available online 
Description Acton, Australian Capital Territory : ANU Press, 2022 
1 online resource (298 pages) : illustrations, maps, portraits. 
ISBN 9781760464714 (PDF)
Technical Details

text file : PDF : 5.6MB 

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

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 -- Chapter 8: Wandering wives -- Chapter 9: A woman of the Kugika -- Chapter 10: The witch-girl and the shrew -- Chapter 11: True cousin -- Chapter 12: One family -- Chapter 13: Laik Bilong Man -- Chapter 14: 'Wandering women' and 'good women' -- Appendix A -- Appendix B -- Appendix C -- Appendix D -- Appendix E.

Subjects Wahgi (Papua New Guinean people) -- Social life and customs.  |  Women -- Papua New Guinea -- Social conditions.  |  Women -- Papua New Guinea -- Social life and customs.  |  Society & Social Sciences.  |  Wahgi (Papua New Guinean people) -- Social life and customs.  |  Women -- Social conditions.  |  Women -- Social life and customs.  |  Papua New Guinea.
Form/genre Electronic books
Other authors/contributors Merlahn, Francesca, editor  |  Strathern, Marilyn
Terms of Use Licensed under Creative Commons. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) 

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