The Great Village
The Economic and Social Welfare of Hanuabada, an Urban Community in Papua
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This book is the first systematic study of the urban Papuan and analyses, among other things, the family, household budgets, the proliferation of ceremonial and the re-birth of sorcery. The study can be compared, from the point of view of methods and research problems, with the increasing number of accounts of the urbanization of traditional societies, particularly in Africa. Hanuabada is not, however, 'de-tribalized' and it has maintained its boundaries intact against overwhelming immigration.
First published in 1957.
Table of Contents
1. Hanuabada and the problem of welfare 2. Basic residence and relationship pattern 3. Social relations in production and ownership 4. Demography and health 5. Income 6. Budgets 7. The material level of living 8. Trade 9. 'Private' ceremonial exchange marriage 10. 'Public' ceremonies and feasting 11. Marital relations 12. From birth to adolescence 13. Religion 14. Sorcery and its implications 15. The body politic 16. Race relations 17. The conditions of welfare