The Rope of Moka: Big-men and Ceremonial Exchange in Mount Hagen New Guinea by Andrew Strathern (Paperback, 1975)
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- DescriptionIn the Mount Hagen area of central New Guinea, warfare has been replaced since the arrival of the Europeans by a vigorous development of moka, a competitive ceremonial exchange of wealth objects. The exchanges of pigs, shells and other valuables are interpreted as acting as a bond between groups, and as a means whereby individuals, tably the big-men, can maximize their status. Professor Strathern analyses the ways in which competition between big-men actually takes place, and the effects of this competition on the overall political system.
- Author(s)Andrew Strathern
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication11/09/1975
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
- Series Part/Volume Number4
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content NoteIll.29tabs.3M.
- Weight380 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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