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This is a second-hand soft-cover book.

Condition: The cover has light fading to the spine area and a small heavy surface scratch (the surface hasn’t been broken). There is a name and date written on the first page. There is a strip of glue from the showing along the inside edge of the first and last page (from when the book was made). The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 148x237mm.
Pages: 226
Publisher: The Polynesian Society
Publication date: 1985 first edition


Transformations of Polynesian Culture
Edited by Antony Hooper & Judith Huntsman

The essays in this volume exemplify a new synthesis emerging in Polynesian studies, based upon insights derived from structuralism. Working with the indigenous idioms of myth, genealogy, ritual, philosophy and history, the authors isolate common elements of Polynesian cultural theory and show how the structures variously constructed from them persist and recur in a variety of transformations in societies widely separated from one another both in time and space.

The essays are based on contributions to a symposium at the XV Pacific Science Congress, and bring together some well-known aspects of the widespread Polynesian cultural tradition in novel and productive ways. Gregory Schrernpp writes on New Zealand Maori, Valerio Valeri and Adrienne Kaeppler on Hawaii, Marshall Sahlins on both. Maori and Hawai`i, Alan Howard on Rotuma, Michael Goldsmith on Tuvalu, Judith Huntsman and Antony Hooper on Tokelau, and. Alain Babadzan on Rurutu. In a provocative afterward, Edmund Leach calls into question the whole notion of "Polynesian culture".


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