The Great Village: The Economic and Social Welfare of Hanuabada, an Urban Community in Papua

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Author: Belshaw, Cyril Shirley (1921- )

Year: 1957

Publisher: Rutledge and Kegan Paul

Place: London


viii+302 pages with appendices, plates, tables, charts and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4) issued in blue cloth with gilt lettering. Foreword by Raymond Firth. First edition.

This book is the first systematic study of the urban Papuan, or indeed of any native town-dwellers in Southern Oceania. Hanuabada (a name which means "The Great Village") is one of the largest native residential units in New Ginea. It is almost a suburb of Port Moresby, a principal port and the capital of the Australian Territory of Papua and New Guinea. The study may be compared, from the point of view of methods and research problems, with the increasing number of accounts of the urbanization of traditional or folk societies, particularly in Africa. But unlike most African towns, Hanuabada is not "detribalized", and it has maintained its boundaries intact against overwhelming immigration. Economic and social welfare, the theme of the book, must be interpreted not only in terms of modern wage-earning and an environment of European institutions, but also in relation to continuities of social structure and values. This account analyzes, among other things, the family, household budgets, the proliferation of ceremonial, and the re-birth of sorcery. The field work was carried out in 1950 and 1951 when the author was a Research Fellow of the Australian National University in Canberra. Publication has been support jointly by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the University of British Columbia.


Heal spine bumped. Jacket soiled, price clipped, spine ends chipped, closed tear at heal hinge else a very good copy in like jacket.

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