Hardcover. NY, Harper & Brothers, Revised Ed., 1958, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover in a worn and chipped dust jacket. 618 pages, b&w illustrations. Features a vast amount of factual data bout the customs and rituals of the Murngin, the result of several years of study in the region. This new revised edition has 16 charts, a map of the tribes and clans, 17 photos and a glossary. Some light pencil marking in a few chapters.
Softcover. Amsterdam, Royal Tropical Institute, 1st, 1987, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 253 pages. SIGNED by Joop T.V.M. de Jong on title-page. The author worked for several years as a psychiatrist in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. De Jong discusses the attitudes of the local culture and methods of healing.
Hardcover. NY, Harcourt, Brace & World , 1st, 1967, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover, in a worn, chipped dust jacket, 315 pages. Preface by Valetta Malinowska. Introduction by Raymond Firth. Translated by Norbert Guterman. Index of native terms by Mario Bick. With map endpapers, a facsimile page from a Trobiands diary, and three in text maps. A revealing record of the personal ordeals and professional discoveries of the well-known anthropologist during his early, crucial years in the primitive world of New Guinea. Published posthumously by his widow, Valetta Swann. The work is somewhat controversial, due to its ethnocentric and egocentric nature. Previous owner's name on verso of front fly leaf.
Hardcover. Washington DC, Smithsonian Institution, 1st, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a dust jacket with fading to spine, A Green Estate traces the effect of French domination through the colonial period and into the years after official Malagasy independence in 1960. The book reveals how the people of northwest Madagascar have reasserted their ownership of the land and reclaimed their heritage through a ritual reburial of a king who died at the height of the colonial era...by analyzing the long dialogue between the French & the Malagasy over monarchy, gender, death, land, work and taxes, French rule, she shows,resulted in the imposition of provincial centers of government and commerce that diverted attention and labor from agricultural villages and religious centers. 36 plates, maps.
NY/Sydney AU, Academic Press , 1st, 1982, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, dark blue cloth with silver and gilt stamping, 286 pages. Numerous tables, maps, plans and illustrations (some from photographs, others by Margrit Koettig). Name on front fly leaf otherwise clean.
Hardcover. Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott Company, 1st, 1971, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in an unclipped dust jacket with some sunning to spine. Stated 1st edition. Light shelfwear, clean, no marking.
Hardcover. Urbana, University of Illinois, 1st, 1971, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 212 Pages. Hardcover with NO dust jacket. EX-LIB with usual markings, stamps. Card residue on rear fly leaf. Tight copy.
Hardcover. New York, Thomas Yoseloff, 1st, 1960, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: Fair, 175 pages. Hardcover. 131 Illustrations, 16 color plates. Top corner bump, causing a light crease to pages at upper corner. Otherwise very good, clean. Dust jacket with light edge wear, chipping, mild soil.
Softcover. Madison WI, University of Wisconsin Press, 2nd pr., 1995, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 570 pages. A scholarly study of British anthropologists and their contributions. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Bloomington IN, Indiana University Press, 1st, 1982, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket, 324 pages. Poet and anthropologist Michael Jackson brings to this study of the folktales of the Kuranko people of Sierra Leone a sensitivity to the philosophical nuances of literature. Clean copy. Review slip laid in.
Hardcover. Cambridge UK, W. Heffer & Sons, 1st, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover in a lightly worn and soiled dust jacket. 395 pages, b&w illustrations, charts. Alur Society became a classic for a number of reasons. Being much more than a descriptive account of an African society, it was the first intensive ethnography to adopt the ideas of Max Weber. It pioneered the idea that religion and ritual could be the basis of political action. It also showed how state systems could evolve not just on the basis of conquest but as a result of societies without kings inviting those with kings to govern them. Southall's theory of the segmentary state was adopted by many political anthropologists and political scientists, being applied not just to Africa but also to India and other parts of the world. Previous owner's signature inside front cover otherwise clean.
London, Cambridge University Press , 1st, 1986, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 187 pages, b&w maps, diagrams. The Wamira people of Papua New Guinea display what outsiders would describe as an obsession with food. Who owns how many pigs, how much taro grows in whose garden, and who contributes what food at a feast, are all questions uppermost in their thoughts. Wamirans account for this preoccupation by saying that they suffer from perpetual "famine." They explain this by means of an elaborate and colorful myth about Tamodukorokoro, a monster who would have brought them abundant food, but whom, in typical Wamiran style of fearing what they desire, they chased away. In this carefully crafted and beautifully evocative book, Dr. Kahn, who lived with the Wamira people for two and a half years, argues that Wamirans' "famine" has in fact little to do with the belly. For Wamirans, concepts of food and hunger are cultural constructs. Dr. Kahn writes with a degree of nuance that takes the reader beyond academic analyses into the experience of the ethnographer and the daily lives of the people with whom she resided. Clean copy.
Hardcover. London, Frank Cass and Company, reprint, 1966, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 321 pages, b&w illustrations. Originally published in 1921, an account of the curious & interesting habits, customs & beliefs of a little known African people by one who has for many years lived amongst them on close & intimate terms as a missionary in the early 1900s. Clean copy.
Softcover. Canberra AU, Australian National University Press, 1st, 1968, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Three softcover volumes, 318, 110, 255 pages. Goldenrod card covers. Contains around 10,000 entries ranging from mid-19th century publications to those appearing in 1964, covering all aspects of the traditional and changing cultures of the people. The items are arranged in three lists: by author, by the administrative Districts concerned, and by the proper names of places, languages and social groups.
Softcover. Singapore, Donald Moore, 1st, 1957, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 77 pages plus six plates in rear. A background to the Chinese secret societies, or triads, including the history, rituals, disciplinary code, secret signs and language. Smallink name on cover, otherwise clean.
Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1st, 1970, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket. 625 pages, b&w illustrations, maps. Contents: Principles of Status; The Maori of New Zealand; Manihiki-Rakahanga; Tongareva; Magaia; Easter Island; The Marquesas; Mangareva; The Society Islands; The Hawaiian Islands; The Samoan Islands; Tongs; Uvea; Futuna; The Tokelaus; Tikopia; Pukpuka; Niue; Ontong Java; The Status Lineage; Principles of Kinship; The Economics of Status; The Rituals of Status; Status and Evolution. Owner's name inside front cover otherwise clean.
Hardcover. Gloucester MA, Peter Smith, reprint, 1985, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, green cloth covers, 569 pages. Two decades after Darwin, intellectuals were writing about the evolution of everything. In England Edward Taylor focused on material culture such as fire making, cooking, or tool making. In America, Lewis Henry Morgan, concentrated on social evolution combined with subsistence techniques. His thinking was influenced by his Iroquois neighbors in New York. Like many others he posited three stages of evolution: savagery, barbarism and civilization, but he refined the three periods with three subperiods. In Lower savagery, for example, he saw humans subsisting on fruits and roots in tropical climes, using gesture language and marrying siblings in a consanguine family. Middle savagery saw fish subsistence, monosyllabic language, and marriage of cousins. Bows and arrows appeared in Upper Savagery along with syllabic language, clans, and tribal organization. Obviously Morgan was speculating on most of the developments, but he had found arguments for his positions from the reports of explorers and missionaries around the world. As a result, Morgan inspired an era of inquisitive thought that led to the development of American anthropology. Name on front fly leaf, otherwise clean.
Softcover. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 1st, 2017, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 194 pages illustrated in color and b&w. Archaeology of the Solomon Islands presents the outcome of twenty years' research in the Solomon Islands undertaken jointly by Richard Walter and Peter Sheppard, both leaders in the field of Pacific archaeology. At the time of first European encounter, the peoples of Melanesia exhibited some of the greatest diversity in language, sociopolitical organization and culture expression of any region on earth. This extraordinary diversity attracted scholars and resulted in coastal Melanesia becoming the birthplace of modern anthropology, and yet the area remains one of the least well-documented regions of the Pacific in archaeological terms. This synthesis of Solomon Island archaeology draws together all the research that has taken place in the field over the past fifty years. It uses a multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological approach and considers the work of archaeologists, environmental scientists, anthropologists, and historians. At the same time, this volume highlights the results of the authors' own considerable field research. Bump to top rear corner. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Washington DC, Smithsonian Institution/Bureau of American Ethnology, 1st, 1957, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, olive green cloth covers, gilt lettering on spine. 664 pages plus 112 b&w plates in rear. Extensive folding maps, plates. text illustrations. The mounds of Marajo & other sites. Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 167. Clean copy.
Softcover. Honolulu, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, 1st, 1978, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, illustrated wrappers with mild shelf wear, 293 pages., 622 figs. including color plates. This publication presents the objects collected by Cook that were exhibited at the Museum. A truly dazzling catalogue that has scores of photographs of extraordinary, seldom seen objects (from the Bishop Museum's collection and on loan from the most important museum and private collections in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.), with full data for each object that appears in the photographs.
Hardcover. New York, Golden Press, 1st US, 1963, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, 462 pages. Hardcover. The fourth volume of the series 'The Arts of Mankind' edited by Andre Malraux and Georges Salles. Light foxing to preliminary pages, front and rear. Profusely illustrated with full color and black & white photographs. A massive volume on the highlights of Oceanic art. Part One reviews material conditions of Oceanian life, the social & religious systems, etc. Part Two is a Gazetteer of Styles with Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia & Polynesia grouped stylistically. Dust jacket with chipping, wear along edges. Clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. London, Faber and Faber, 1st, 1962, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a lightly worn dust jacket. 244 pages, illustrations, portraits, maps. The king in question is Akumfi Ameyaw III, King of Bono-Techiman, a part of Ghana. Clean copy.
Hardcover. London, Faber & Faber , 3rd pr., 1965, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover in a bright, rubbed and edgeworn dust jacket. The autobiography of an intelligent, traditional Hausa woman. An excellent piece of ethnography. The author, the wife of social anthropologist, became Baba's friend in Nigeria. After many conversations between the two women, she agreed to dictate the story of her life. Name on inside front cover, otherwise clean.
Hardcover. NY, New York Academy of Sciences, 2nd pr., 1962, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, decorated light beige cloth covers, 277 pages. A classic work on Bali, profusely illustrated with field photographs by Bateson, Margaret Mead's husband. The 100 b&w plates were taken 1936 to 1937. A pioneering work in which the two celebrated anthropologists, with the assistance of Belo, Mershon, McPhee, Spies, Goris and others, analyse the character of the Balinese through their expressions and interactions, demonstrated in a series of photographs. Previous owner's name on front fly leaf, otherwise clean.
Hardcover. Boston, Little, Brown and Co,, reprint, 1947, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover in a worn, chipped dust jacket. The true story of an African medicine man as he leaves his home to practice his medicine in the city. Wulf Sachs was born in Russia and trained at the Psychoneurological Institute in St. Petersburg. A citizen of South Africa who resided in Johannesburg, he was a practicing psychoanalyst and the author of many books on psychiatry and literary criticism. Classic account of a two and half year psychoanalysis of a South African witch doctor. This book was earlier published with the title Black Anger. Derived from a review posted on-line: Black Hamlet is at the same time a case study in psychoanalytic therapy, the report of a scientific investigation, a political polemic, a collection of ethnographic observations, and the biography of a common man whose remarkable features would otherwise have been overlooked. Clean copy.
Hardcover. NY, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1st, 1976, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 129 pages. Anthology of 20 stories gathered from 16th Century chronicles of missionaries. Illustrated by Bierhorst, Jane Byers. Clean copy. Dust jacket price-clipped.
Hardcover. Glendo, Wyoming , High Plains Publishing, 1st, 1994, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a lightly worn dust jacket, 244 pages. An incorrigible trickster, a clever thief, a rogue, sometimes a magnanimous hero, often a vengeful loser, but always a survivor, Coyote is the most complex character in the Nez Perce cycle of traditional myths. An anthropological analysis of Coyote's social relations with the other characters reveals how the myths, while entertaining stories, also impart traditional cultural values, proper social relations, and other practical information. Coyote's actions are often humorous, with consequences that account for many of the blessings and hardships of the Nez Perce experience. These translations from the native language are the most reliable and the most comprehensive available. Supplemented by myths from Archie Phinney and Herbert Spinden, Deward Walker's collection provides insights into the world and the myths of the Nez Perce Indians.
Softcover. Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Press, 1st pbk, 1998, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 298 pages. This book suggests a bold comparative approach to broad cultural differences between Africa and Melanesia. Its theme is personhood, understood in terms of what anthropologists call embodiment. These concepts are applied to questions ranging from the meanings of spirit possession, to the logics of witchcraft and kinship relations, the use of rituals in healing, and even the impact of capitalism. Questioning common assumptions about the huge differences among these discrete areas, the contributions document surprising continuities. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Seattle, University of Washington Press, 1st, 1989, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket, 343 pages. This is an anthropological study of boyhood in a group of related Igbo villages called Afikpo, in souteastern Nigeria. About half of the book is taken up with the description and analysis of adolescent initiation rites, providing a close and detailed view of rituals that for the most part have only been touched upon in literature. The work makes use of psychoanalytic theory, with a logic that is grounded in data, blended with traditional cultural anthropological analysis. Ottenberg's understanding of the dynamics of the symbols and their unstated meanings contributes to the study of ritual process in any society. The data on ritual initiation alo0ne make this a major contribution to African ethnography, and Ottenberg's descriptive material on male secrecy and related gender distinctions provides a background fora more general understanding of West African secret societies.
Hardcover. Oxford/NY, Berg, 1st, 1996, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Poor, Hardcover, glossy boards, 601 pages. This book explores the Yafar society, a forest people living by shifting cultivation, hunting and gathering. Based on fifteen years' research, it offers a detailed examination of all aspects of a society whose material and nutritional relations with their rainforest environment are mediated by a sociocultural system based on a carefully negotiated relationship with natural forces, and harmony between the sexes. Pencil marking to 10 pages otherwise clean.
Softcover. London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1st, 1957, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, stiff orange paper wrappers. 249 pages. An interesting and comprehensive exploration of Chinese families in Singapore. Maurice Freedman (1920-1975) was a British scholar who was one of the world's leading experts on Chinese anthropology. Includes chapters on 'The Social Background', 'The Household', 'The Kinship System', and many more. Frontispiece photograph of a Chinese Mass Wedding. There are also an appendix of tables, another on Chinese characters for Hokkien words used in the text and an index. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Pittsburgh PA, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1st, 1992, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, orange cloth stamped in black, 227 pages. Contents : "Dance when I die!": context and role in the clowning of Murik women / Kathleen Barlow -- Exaggeration and reversal: clowning among the Lusi-Kalai / David R. Counts and Dorothy A. Counts -- Clowning with food: mortuary humor and social reproduction among the north Mekeo / Mark S. Mosko -- Reflections of an anthropologist who mistook her husband for a yam: female comedy on Tubetube / Martha McIntyre -- Horrific humor and festal farce: carnival clowning in Wape society / William E. Mitchell -- When she reigns supreme: clowning and culture in Rotuman weddings / Vilsoni Hereniko -- Where the spirits laugh last: comic theater in Samoa / Caroline Sinavaiana. Clean, bright copy. No dust jacket.
Softcover. London/NY, Routledge, 1st, 1995, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 236 pages. "Colonial Desire is a controversial study that breaks new ground in analysing how concepts of culture get formed, and how racialized assumptions continue to pervade them." In this study, the author argues that today's theories on post-colonialism and ethnicity are disturbingly close to the colonial discourse of the 19th century. Clean copy.
Hardcover. London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 2nd Ed., 1974, Hardcover in a lightly worn dust jacket with fading to spine. This revised and expanded second edition, again tackles the question of procreation within the aboriginal tribes. As Ernest Jones said of the first edition (from the rear panel of the dust wrapper) " ... by far the most valuable study among the large literature that has accumulated over the vexed question of whether Australian aborigines are really ignorant of the physiological effects of procreation and whether they are " so to speak " pretending for social and religious reasons to be thus ignorant ". This landmark study was first published in 1937, and this second edition takes into account later fieldwork and new information that became available on the subject.
Hardcover. London, Oxford University Press, 1st, 1959, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover in a lightky worn and soiled dust jacket. 228 pages, b&w illustrations including several fold-out charts. Extends the study begun in her earlier 'Rituals Of Kinship Among The Nyakyusa' to include detailed accounts of traditions of origin, cosmology, and moral values. Contents: The Mythological Charter; The 'Divine Kings'; The Ritual of Chieftainship; Sacrifices at the Groves of Chiefs; Land & Power; Cleansing the Country; Rain-making & 'Sprinkling the Homesteads'; Kasitile the Priest; Medicines; Nyakyusa Cosmology; Pagan & Christian; Twenty Years' Change; Religion & Social Structure. Previous owner's signature inside front cover otherwise clean.
Softcover. Austin, University of Texas Press, 1st, 1993, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, yellow wrappers, 287 pages. Light fading to spine. In ancient Mediterranean cultures, diamonds were thought to endow their owners with invincibility. In contemporary United States culture, a foreign-made luxury car is believed to give its owner status and prestige. Where do these beliefs come from In this study of craft production and long-distance trade in traditional, nonindustrial societies, Mary W. Helms explores the power attributed to objects that either are produced by skilled artisans and/or come from 'afar.' She argues that fine artisanship and long-distance trade, both of which are more available to powerful elites than to ordinary people, are means of creating or acquiring tangible objects that embody intangible powers and energies from the cosmological realms of gods, ancestors, or heroes. Clean copy.
Softcover. NY, Museum of Primitive Art, 1st, 1971, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover,112 pages. Original color illustrated wrappers with black lettering on cover and spine. Outline guide to the objects used in upper Sepik River rituals and the context in which they are employed. Based on author's field trips to the region in 1964, 1965, and mainly 1967. Profusely illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings throughout.
Softcover. Durham NC, Duke University Press, reprint, 1995, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 312 pages plus index. Though written over fifty years ago, Cuban Counterpoint is recognized as one of the most important books of Latin American and Caribbean intellectual history. Treating tobacco and sugar both as agricultural commodities and as social characters in a historical process, he examines changes in their roles as the result of transculturation. Clean copy. Spine faded.
Hardcover. self-published, 1983, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, a self-published field study, bound in green cloth covers with gilt title on front, 276 pages printed on one side only, includes maps, charts and many color photos pasted onto the pages. A thesis presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Social Sciences at Massey University in New Zealand. the author was a missionary nurse in various provinces of Papua New Guinea from 1962 until 1972. She later returned in 1980 to research this study. A unique item.
Hardcover. NY, Free Press, 1st, 1968, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a lightly worn dust jacket, 207 pages, index, bibliography. A study of Mexican-Americans in San Antonio, Texas undertaking a cultural therapy called Curanderismo. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Oxford UK, Clarendon Press , reprint, 2004, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, glazed pictorial boards. Dancing Through Time presents a rich and incisive analysis of person, time, and identity among the Karawari speakers of Ambonwari village in the East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, through the examination of everyday practices, language, social institutions, kinship, myths, spirit things, rituals, and dances. 270 pages, b&w illustrations. Light pencil marking to several pages, bumping to cover fore-edge.
UK, Cambridge University Press, 1st, 1980, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, price-clipped dust jacket, 233 pages. Anthropologists, in studying other cultures, are often tempted to offer their own explanations of strange customs when they feel that the people involved have not given a good enough reason for these customs. The question how the anthropologist can justify interpretations of customs which go beyond those offered by the people themselves runs through this book. The book focuses on the various interpretations that have been offered by anthropologists of ritual and symbolism. It offers a critical discussion of theories in this field in general, identifying their strengths and weaknesses when applied to the particular case of puberty rituals in a West Sepik village in Papua New Guinea. It then goes on to suggest an alternative approach, which draws on aesthetic as well as anthropological theory, and pays particular attention to the emotional and aesthetic experiences of people as they perform the rites. Pencil marking to about 25 pages, name on inside front cover.
Hardcover. Stanford CA, Stanford University Press, 1st, 1962, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Hardcover in a lightly worn dust jacket, 452 pages, b&w illustrations. Some mild dust soiling, no markings.
Hardcover. The Hague, Martinus Nijhoff, 1st, 1966, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, red cloth cover with gilt lettering, 988 pages, 24 b&w plates, drawings in text, folded maps in rear pocket, all very good condition. Previous owner's signature on front fly leaf, otherwise a clean copy of a scarce volume.
Hardcover. NY, Clarkson N Potter, 1st, 1978, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. Dr Michael Wood, cofounder of Kenya's Flying Doctor Service, brings a beautiful and troubled land into sharpe focus in his written account of forty years in Africa. More than 90 brilliant full-color photographs provide a vivid scenic background to this absorbing memoir. Flying from his base in nairobi to tribal lands of the Maasai, the Muslim villages on he coast, and the Ethiopian highlands, Wood established hospitals and conducted clinics, responding to medical emergencies throughout the area. He came to know the land and its peoples intimately. 223 pages, clean copy.