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Anthropological Knowledge, Secrecy and Bolivip, Papua New Guinea: Exchanging Skin

Tony Crook


What is the nature of knowledge? Anthropology imagines it possible to divide or separate social and analytical relations, whereby knowledge travels between persons as a thing. And yet, Bolivip imagines knowledge as the bodily resources or parts of a person that can be extended or combined with others. This methodological exchange is modelled on a moment from Bolivip – an exchange of skin whereby knowledge is returned in respect of prior nurture and care given, and two people become encompassed by one skin. The Min area of Papua New Guinea has proven to be one of the most enigmatic cultures in ... More

Keywords: anthropology, Bolivip, Min, Papua New Guinea, ethnography, Mead, Bateson, Fortune, Weiner, Strathern

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264003
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Crook, author
Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews