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Conclusions

Karen J. Brison

in Just Talk: Gossip, Meetings, and Power in a Papua New Guinea Village

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520077003
eISBN:
9780520912182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520077003.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Examining Kwanga politics has revealed something else about the political implications of gossip. In Inakor and Asanakor, initiated men bolster their position in society by spreading rumors of ... More


The Kwanga

Karen J. Brison

in Just Talk: Gossip, Meetings, and Power in a Papua New Guinea Village

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520077003
eISBN:
9780520912182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520077003.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The Kwanga inhabit a landscape of ravines and ridges, in which flat land is restricted to small areas along the tops of ridges where villages are built, and most gardens are cut on sloping hillsides. ... More


Gossip, Innuendo, and Sorcery: Power Without Responsibility

Karen J. Brison

in Just Talk: Gossip, Meetings, and Power in a Papua New Guinea Village

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520077003
eISBN:
9780520912182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520077003.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter argues that it is by spreading rumors and dropping hints about sorcery that initiated men maintain their authority over their fellow villagers. Furthermore, talking about sorcery allows ... More


Rivalry and Institutionalized Duplicity: The Sociology of Rumor

Karen J. Brison

in Just Talk: Gossip, Meetings, and Power in a Papua New Guinea Village

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520077003
eISBN:
9780520912182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520077003.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the set of relationships in Kwanga villages which are so effective in generating rumors and ensuring that they have serious consequences. First, villages are comprised of many ... More


Two Models of Government

Karen J. Brison

in Just Talk: Gossip, Meetings, and Power in a Papua New Guinea Village

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520077003
eISBN:
9780520912182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520077003.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores Inakor and Asanakor people's ideas about how their “government” differs from that of white men, and also investigates the villagers' frustration at their apparent inability to ... More


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