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In the Midst of Life: Affect and Ideation in the World of the Tolai

A. L. Epstein

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075627
eISBN:
9780520911642
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075627.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The Tolai are among the most distinctive of Papua New Guinea's indigenous peoples. For all their success in the pursuit of modernity, they remain traditional in their attitudes toward death, the ... More


The Language of the Emotions

A. L. Epstein

in In the Midst of Life: Affect and Ideation in the World of the Tolai

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075627
eISBN:
9780520911642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075627.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter presents an overview of the Tolai lexicon, discussing some general characteristics of the Tolai emotional lexicon and noting how some terms seem to fall into readily identifiable sets. ... More


Work, Ambition, and Envy

A. L. Epstein

in In the Midst of Life: Affect and Ideation in the World of the Tolai

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075627
eISBN:
9780520911642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075627.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter begins with a discussion of Tolai attitudes toward work, arguing that restlessness encapsulates much of what lies at the back of such attitudes. But what promotes this restlessness? ... More


Tambu, Grief, and the Meaning of Death

A. L. Epstein

in In the Midst of Life: Affect and Ideation in the World of the Tolai

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075627
eISBN:
9780520911642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075627.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Visitors to the Gazelle Peninsula were intrigued by the local monetary system and the way in which tambu was intricately interwoven into the very texture of social life. One such traveler commented ... More


Affect and the Self

A. L. Epstein

in In the Midst of Life: Affect and Ideation in the World of the Tolai

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075627
eISBN:
9780520911642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075627.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores the various dimensions of the self in the Tolai context, and is organized around such terms as individuality, selfhood, and identity. None of these has achieved in the ... More


Epilogue: The Anthropologist as Onion-Peeler

A. L. Epstein

in In the Midst of Life: Affect and Ideation in the World of the Tolai

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075627
eISBN:
9780520911642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075627.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The central aim of this book has been to present some account of the way of life of a specific group of people, the Tolai of the Gazelle Peninsula of New Britain, that takes full cognizance of the ... More


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