First published in 1939 and long out of print, this book remains unique as the only full and detailed account by a social anthropologist of a complete pagan Polynesian ritual cycle. This new single-volume edition omits some of the Tikopia vernacular texts, but includes a new theoretical introduction; postscripts have also been supplied to some of the chapters comparing the performances of 1928-9 with those witnessed by Professor Firth on his second visit to Tikopia in 1952. There is a specially written Epilogue on the final eclipse of the traditional ritual, based on a third visit by the author during the summer of 1966.
Table of Contents
I. INTRODUCTION 1 II. THE TRADITIONAL POLITICAL SYSTEM 8 III. THE NATURE OF THE ECONOMY 26 IV. THE MAJOR PRODUCTS: RICE 35 V. THE MAJOR PRODUCTS: RUBBER AND FRUIT 53 VI. SAVING AND CAPITAL 74 VII. THE DECLINE OF THE TRADITIONAL POLITICAL ORGANIZATION 78 VIII. SOME RECENT ADAT DISPUTES 92 IX. FAMILY AND DOMESTIC GROUPS (I) 102 X. FAMILY AND DOMESTIC GROUPS (2) 135 Xl. THE VILLAGE, STATUS AND SOCIAL STRATIFICATION 143 XII. ECONOMY AND SOCIETY 167 GLOSSARY 175 BIBLIOGRAPHY 177 INDEX 179
Swift, M. G.