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Names are Thicker than Blood – Kinship and Ownership amongst the Iatmul - British Academy Scholarship Online
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Names are Thicker than Blood: Kinship and Ownership amongst the Iatmul

Andrew Moutu


This book is an ethnographic study of kinship and the nature and behaviour of ownership amongst the much-studied Sepik River Iatmul people. Until very recently, anthropology has remained a Western analytical project for understanding and conceptualising non-Western societies, and was often geared towards the pragmatics of colonial and post-colonial interest. In the spirit of social science, it has formulated a rigorous method of research and a specialised language of description and analysis. Embedded within this approach are metaphysical assumptions about the nature of human society, culture, ... More

Keywords: kinship, ownership, Sepik River Iatmul, non-Western societies, human society, social relations, personhood, marriage, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264454
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264454.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Moutu, author
Director of the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery.