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Payback Logic of Retribution in Melanesian Religions

Garry Trompf

Payback Logic of Retribution in Melanesian Religions

Garry Trompf

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In this ambitious study, the first monograph on religion and "the logic of retribution," Professor Trompf shows how various aspects of "payback," both negative and positive, provide the best indices to an understanding of Melanesian views of life. The book explores the reasons why people "pay back" and opens up a whole new dimension in the cross-cultural study of human consciousness. The author conducts his readers through the most complex anthropological pageant on earth, illustrating his arguments from western New Guinea to Fiji.

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In this ambitious study, the first monograph on religion and "the logic of retribution," Professor Trompf shows how various aspects of "payback," both negative and positive, provide the best indices to an understanding of Melanesian views of life. The book explores the reasons why people "pay back" and opens up a whole new dimension in the cross-cultural study of human consciousness. The author conducts his readers through the most complex anthropological pageant on earth, illustrating his arguments from western New Guinea to Fiji.
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Table Of Contents

  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • Preliminaries: The Theory Of Retributive Logic
  • Part I. Tradition: 1. Revenge
  • 2. Reciprocity
  • 3. Integrating And Explaining Significant Events
  • Part Ii. 'cargo Cultism': 4. Reprisal
  • 5. Redemption
  • 6. Wishing And Explaining The Extraordinary
  • Part Iii. Modernization: 7. Recrimination In Modern Guises
  • 8. Making Money And Modernizing Reciprocities
  • 9. Money, Morals, Meaning: Old Logics, New Retributions
  • Part Iv. Conclusions And Recommendations: Bibliography
  • Index Of Melanesian Cultures
  • General Index.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 100215
  • Product Code 0521416914
  • EAN 9780521416917
  • Pages 568
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Missions
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Jul 1994
  • Dimensions 234 x 156 x 32 mm
  • Weight 0.970kg

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