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Author Gillison, Gillian,
Title She speaks her anger : myths and conversations of Gimi women : a psychological ethnography in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea / Gillian Gillison.
Imprint Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, [2020]

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Author Gillison, Gillian,
Series Culture, mind, and society
Culture, mind, and society.
Subject Women, Gimi -- Papua New Guinea -- Social conditions.
Women, Gimi -- Papua New Guinea -- Social life and customs.
Gimi (Papua New Guinean people) -- Social conditions.
Ethnology -- Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea -- Social life and customs.
Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Taking a novel approach that adapts Freuds theory of the Primal Crime, this book examines a wealth of ethnographic data on the Gimi of the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, focusing on womens lives, myths, and rituals. Womens and mens separate myths and rites may be read as a cycle of blame about which sex caused the ills of human existence and is still at fault. However, the author demonstrates that in public rites of exchange in which both sexes participate, men appropriate and subvert womens usages as a ritual strategy to undo motherhood and confiscate children at puberty. In doing so, she reveals how Gimi women both rebel against the male-dominated social order and express understanding of why they also acquiesce. The result of decades of fieldwork, writing and reflection, this book offers an analysis of Gimi womens complex understanding of their situation and presents a nuanced picture of women in a society dominated by men. It represents an important contribution to New Guinea ethnography that will appeal to students and scholars of psychoanalysis, gender studies, and cultural, social and psychoanalytic anthropology. Gillian Gillison is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada.
Contents Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Daily Life in an Eastern Highlands Village -- Chapter 3. Portrait of Karapmene -- Chapter 4. Totem and Taboo in the New Guinea Highlands: The Collusion of Sisters and Brothers -- Chapter 5. "Eating the Head of the Child" : Ritual Exchange as Remedy for Crimes of the Mythic Past -- Chapter 6. The Problem with Women -- Chapter 7. The Mothers Crime and the Cycle of Blame -- Chapter 8. Conclusion: Totem and Taboo Revisited.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed April 21, 2021).
ISBN 9783030493523 (electronic bk.)
3030493520 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-030-49352-3
OCLC # 1246350357
Additional Format Original 9783030493516 3030493512 (OCoLC)1197812105

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