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

Karen Brison

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520077003
eISBN:
9780520912182
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520077003.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This book examines the often overlooked role of gossip and rumor in creating power in small Melanesian communities. The Kwanga of the East Sepik Province of Papua, New Guinea think that malicious ... More


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


Gossip and Politics

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/9780520077003.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter argues that rumors reflect a situation in which unsubstantiated stories can have far-reaching consequences socially and in politics. In Kwanga villages, and in small, relatively ... 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


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


The Power of Stories

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/9780520077003.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the ways in which unsubstantiated stories become “truth” in Kwanga villages. It moves beyond examining rumor to investigate ways in which stories about recent events influence ... 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


Leadership, Authority, and “Egalitarianism”

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/9780520077003.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines principles of hierarchy and mechanisms of equality in Kwanga society, and also reexamines some of the literature on leadership in Melanesia. The relative “egalitarianism” of ... More


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