By Adam Kuper
A severe and historic account of British social anthropology from the mid-nineteenth century to the current day, perfect for the coed.
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We must now turn from the organization of everyday economic life to the organization of large-scale feasts. Here again, no matter how large the undertaking, it is phrased as one individual acting for a hamlet, or even sometimes for a cluster of hamlets, taking the responsibility of organization, while the others merely help him. It is a chain organization grouped around a leader who The organizamakes a man a "big man," but the Arapesh conceive this as an onerou^ duty which is forced upon him by community recognition of his ability to organize and lead, a duty which he fulfills without real enthusiasm and from which one retires as is called the trunk or base of the enterprise.
The have no pattern of real warfare. There are no rewards Arapesh to the given homicide, as so commonly in this region; he is viewed a little askance and must be put through certain protective rites by other men who have killed. If in one of the small fights he kills a close relative, a mother's brother, for instance, as does occasionally happen, it is no occasion for blood feud. The people say, surely his mother's brother had been subjected to sorcery which drew the spear of his sister's son toward him, for surely no sister's son would be willing to kill his mother's brother.
THE ARAPESH OF NEW GUINEA and twenty feet wide, of which there will 25 be but three or four in area, housebuilding is a task which a man can perform for himself. man makes his own bark-cloth G-string, and a any given A woman makes her own pair of aprons from shredded sago palm In gardening the big trees are not cut down, the branches are merely lopped off to let in light, so that in preparing a garden plot there is no need for more than one man to do the work; similarly, fencing is done with saplings which an adolescent boy can cut.
Anthropology and anthropologists: the modern British school by Adam Kuper