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The Abandoned Narcotic: Kava and Cultural Instability in Melanesia (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology) Hardcover – August 31, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0521373753 ISBN-10: 0521373751

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Book 69)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 31, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521373751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521373753
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,517,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Brunton revives a problem posed by the great anthropologist W. H. R. Rivers in History of Melanesian Society (1914): how to explain the strange geographical distribution of kava, a narcotic drink once widely consumed by south-west Pacific islanders. He suggests that kava's abandonment can best be explained in terms of its association with unstable religious cults.

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