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Pigs for the Ancestors: Ritual in the Ecology of a New Guinea People 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1577661016
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"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)

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 501 pages
  • Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc; 2nd edition (February 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157766101X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577661016
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the early 60s and late 50s American and Australian anthropologists were often the first outsiders into the mountain villages of New Guinea. Rappaport was one of them. He was a student of Marvin Harris who proposed that all cultural traits should be assumed to have survival value. The mountain people were stereotyped as wasteful of resources because they consumed pigs only once or twice a year, concentrating their rare source of protein when they should have spread it out over the year. Mostly the pig feasts were held before combat. The high consumption of salt in their pork limited their abiltiy to fight, resulting in a kind of "civilized" warfare where village boundaries were established, males gained prestige, but few casualities occurred.
The ethnogaphy has proved invaluable since so little was known about the New Guinea Highlands. The theory of curltural ecology is still under review. The work will be enjoyed by anyone inerested in exotic customs or New Guinea.
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One of the weakest books on this area and collection of subjects. Its analysis displays long-discredited, fringe readings of cultural ways. The only reason to assign this book to students is to have them use it as a bad example of analysis to pick apart.
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May well be the best book I've ever read about a pig related monetary system.
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