- 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: #12,927,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Abandoned Narcotic: Kava and Cultural Instability in Melanesia (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)
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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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