From the Inside Flap
"The original version of this book attracted more attention, critical and otherwise, than any other ethnography on the New Guinea Highlands before or since . . . [This enlarged edition] is definitely a tour de force." (American Ethnologist)
"Few ethnographic studies . . . become 'instant classics' upon publication, but among them is Pigs for the Ancestors . . . . The contribution of this new edition does not consist of a checklist of points and counterpoints, but a carefully reasoned, empirically focused reassessment of what has become a major research tradition within our discipline." (American Anthropologist)
About the Author
Roy Abraham Rappaport, Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding, University of Michigan, a major figure in the theory and practice of anthropology, died October 9, 1997, after a long battle with cancer. Having joined the Department of Anthropology in 1965, he became its chairman for five years in 1975. He served as President of the American Anthropological Association (1987-89). Rappaport's dissertation became the first edition of Pigs for the Ancestors, a landmark in ecological anthropology for its scrupulous empirical research, innovative use of systems theory and interpretive and heuristically powerful arguments about the role of religious ritual in the adaptation and ecological regulation of certain kinds of communities. The second edition deals with the extensive responses to the book and tries to develop epistemological issues involved in his approach.