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In the Midst of Life – Affect and Ideation in the World of the Tolai - California Scholarship Online
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In the Midst of Life: Affect and Ideation in the World of the Tolai

A. L. Epstein


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 cultural elaboration of which colors almost every aspect of their existence. This book develops an emotional profile of the Tolai, contending that societies are distinguished as much by the shape of their emotional life as they are by their social arrangements and cultural styles. It describes a wide range of mourning ceremonies and other more and less public occasions. By investigating not only the wo ... More

Keywords: Tolai, Papua New Guinea, death, emotional life, mourning ceremonies, emotions, conduct

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780520075627
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520075627.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. L. Epstein, author