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Big Men and Great Men: Personifications of Power in Melanesia
By Marilyn Strathern (editor) and Maurice Godelier (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Publication date December 11, 2008
Pages 328
Binding Paperback
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780521102292
ISBN-10 0521102294
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Original list price $44.99
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: The societies of Melanesia have been a constant stimulus to anthropological theory. In this collection of essays, anthropologists who have worked in all parts of the Melanesian region of the Pacific bring their expertise to bear on a single theoretical issue. This is a hypothesis formulated by Maurice Godelier concerning the relationship between power, kinship and wealth. Although tightly focused on Godelier's work, the book opens up a major enquiry into the constitution of society in a part of the world where men of prominence come to personify the nature of power. 'Big men', entrepreneurs of exchanges, and 'great men', who flourish in societies characterised by restricted exchanges and ritual complexity, appear to belong to quite different systems. This book considers how substantial the difference between them really is.

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With Jean Pare | from Cambridge Univ Pr (March 1, 1991)
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Reissue edition from Cambridge Univ Pr (December 11, 2008)
9780521102292 | details & prices | 328 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $44.99
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