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Society of Others Kinship and Mourning in a West Papuan Place

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ISBN-10: 0520256867

ISBN-13: 9780520256866

Edition: 2009

Authors: Rupert Stasch, R. Stasch

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This important study upsets the popular assumption that human relations in small-scale societies are based on identification and shared experience. In a theoretically innovative account of the lives of Korowai of West Papua, Indonesia, Rupert Stasch shows that in this society, people organize their connections with each another around otherness. Analyzing Korowai people's famous "tree house" dwellings, their patterns of living far apart, and their practices of kinship, marriage, and childbearing and rearing, Stasch argues that Korowai actively make relations not just out of what they have in common, but out of what divides them.Society of Others, the first anthropological book about Korowai, offers a picture of Korowai lives sharply at odds with stereotypes of "tribal" society to which they are often assimilated. This moving account of how Korowai create and inhabit their social worlds, both seen and unseen, suggests novel answers to old and important questions about the character of social bonds.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Rupert Staschis Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of California, San Diego.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note on Language
Introduction: Otherness as a Relation
A Dispersed Society: Place Ownership and the Crossing of Spatial Margins
Pairing and Avoidance: An Otherness-Focused Approach to Social Ties
Strange Kin: Maternal Uncles and the Spectrum of Relatives
Children and the Contingency of Attachment
Marriage as Disruption and Creation of Belonging
Dialectics of Contact and Separation in Mourning
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index