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Objects as Archives of a Disrupted Past

The Lengnangulong Sacred Stone from Vanuatu in France, Revisited

Hugo DeBlock

The material culture and arts of Vanuatu and wider Melanesia were subject to the collecting frenzies of the so-called “Museum Age” or the “Expedition Period” of anthropology (roughly the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries) and, as a

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Oneness and ‘the church in Taiwan’

Anthropology Is Possible without Relations but Not without Things

Gareth Paul Breen

, Strathern's first fieldwork took place in Melanesia. However, it is also true, as Ashley Lebner (2017a: 6 ) cautions, that at least from The Gender of the Gift onward, Strathern (1988) is writing about ‘Melanesia’ rather than Melanesia. The former is a

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Judith Bovensiepen

fascination with the diverse range of phenomena (mainly in Melanesia) labeled falsely or not as “cargo cults” had already peaked and waned. After an initial proliferation of writing on the subject in the 1950s and 1960s (and resurgences in the 1970s and 1980s

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Eleanor Sterling, Tamara Ticktin, Tē Kipa Kepa Morgan, Georgina Cullman, Diana Alvira, Pelika Andrade, Nadia Bergamini, Erin Betley, Kate Burrows, Sophie Caillon, Joachim Claudet, Rachel Dacks, Pablo Eyzaguirre, Chris Filardi, Nadav Gazit, Christian Giardina, Stacy Jupiter, Kealohanuiopuna Kinney, Joe McCarter, Manuel Mejia, Kanoe Morishige, Jennifer Newell, Lihla Noori, John Parks, Pua’ala Pascua, Ashwin Ravikumar, Jamie Tanguay, Amanda Sigouin, Tina Stege, Mark Stege, and Alaka Wali

” communities that addresses the complexity of human-environment interactions. Melanesian Well-Being Indicators: A Biocultural Approach Jamie Tanguay The Melanesian Well-Being Indicators were developed in Vanuatu and designed for relevance across Melanesia, with

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The Worth of the ‘While’

Time and Taxes in a Finnish Timebank

Matti Eräsaari

–42) has argued that in Melanesia hierarchy can be realized in terms of the dominant value of equality: a ‘big-man’ status is achieved by having more equal-exchange partners than others, by being quantitatively more equal than others. Similarly, Helsinki

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Imagined individuality

Cultivating separated personhood in Cuba and beyond

Ståle Wig

.1515/9781400873593 Lewis , Oscar , Ruth Lewis , and Susan M. Rigdon . 1977 . Four women . Chicago : University of Illinois Press . LiPuma , Edward . 1998 . “ Modernity and forms of personhood in Melanesia .” In Bodies and persons: Comparative perspectives

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Toward a Comparative Anthropology of Muslim and Christian Lived Religion

Daan Beekers

. Schieffelin , and Aparecida Vilaça . 2014 . “ Evangelical Conversion and the Transformation of the Self in Amazonia and Melanesia: Christianity and the Revival of Anthropological Comparison .” Comparative Studies in Society and History 56 ( 3 ): 559

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Stuart Kirsch

Anthropology 42 , no. 2 : 167 – 198 . 10.1086/320006 Kirsch , S. ( 2001b ), ‘ Social networks and compensation claims in Melanesia ’, Social Anthropology 9 , no. 2 : 147 – 163 . doi: 10.1017/S0964028201000118 . 10.1111/j.1469-8676.2001.tb00143.x

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The Human Version 2.0

AI, Humanoids, and Immortality

Annelin Eriksen

, the value of the individual—in contrast to, for instance, the value of purity in India ( Dumont 1980 ) or the value of the relation in Melanesia ( Eriksen 2008 ; Robbins 2004 )—does not itself create holism. This seems an obvious point, and one that

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Battlegrounds of dependence

Reconfiguring labor, kinship and relational obligation

Keir Martin, Ståle Wig, and Sylvia Yanagisako

Melanesia . Berkeley : University of California Press . 10.1525/california/9780520064232.001.0001 Sullivan , William . 1982 . Reconstructing public philosophy . Berkeley : University of California Press . Sullivan-Dunbar , Sandra . 2017