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Managing Animals in New Guinea

Preying the Game in the Highlands

By Paul Sillitoe

© 2003 – Routledge

416 pages

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Managing Animals in New Guinea analyzes the place of animals in the lives of New Guinea Highlanders. Looking at issues of zoological classification, hunting of wild animals and management of domesticated ones, notably pigs, it asks how natural parameters affect people's livelihood strategies and their relations with animals and the wider environment.


'A scientifically detailed presentation of the attitudes to, and thereby the uses and appreciation of, animals … This book is written in the ethnographically rich manner of his previous publications … Sillitoe deals thoroughly with a whole range of interesting issues connected with debates in anthropology … gives an unusually comprehensive account of the management of pigs … makes a spirited defence of his approach

of ethnographic determinism' - The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Table of Contents

List of figures List of tables Liust of plates Introduction PART 1 WHAT'S THE GAME? THE FOREST AND ITS ANIMALS 1.1 What's that Bird? 1.2 The Birds. 1.3 Methods and knowledge 1.4 Furry Animals. 1.5 Disagreements over Identifications 1.6 Frogs and 'Others' 1.7 Insects and Small Reptiles 1.8 Taxonomic politics 1.9 Negotiated Taxonomy 1.10 Agreeing to Disagree PART 2 WHERE'S THE GAME? HUNTING AND FORAGING 2.1 First Impressions 2.2 Access to Forest 2.3 Forest Resources 2.4 Knowing Animals 2.5 Spell Knowledge 2.6 Hunting Techniques 2.7 Returns on Hunting Efforts 2.8 Hunting and Social Status 2.9 Sharing Game 2.10 Wild Plant and Other Foods 2.11 Hunter Gathering in the Highlands? 2.12 Managing Limited Wild Resources PART 3 WHEN THEY'RE TAME? PIG MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCTION 3.1 Pigmanship in the New Guinea Highlands 3.2 The Pigs 3.3 Pig Management 3.4 Bespelling Pigs 3.5 Ethnovetinary Practices 3.6 Pig Herd Demography 3.7 Pig Ownership 3.8 Pig Politics 3.9 The Work of Pig Management. 3.10 Pigs in the Past, Present and Future. 3.11 Conclusion REFERENCES

About the Author

Paul Sillitoe is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Durham and former Nuffield Fellow in Tropical Agriculture. He has worked extensively in Papua New Guinea. His previous books include Participating in Development (Routledge, 2002), Horticulture in Papua New Guinea (2002), Indigenous Knowledge Development in Bangladesh (2000) and A Place Against Time: Land and Environment in the Papua New Guinea Highlands (1996).

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Studies in Environmental Anthropology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General