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Society of OthersKinship and Mourning in a West Papuan Place$
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Rupert Stasch

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520256859

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520256859.001.0001

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Pairing and Avoidance: An Otherness-Focused Approach to Social Ties

Pairing and Avoidance: An Otherness-Focused Approach to Social Ties

(p.73) Chapter 2 Pairing and Avoidance: An Otherness-Focused Approach to Social Ties
Society of Others

Rupert Stasch

University of California Press

This chapter explores a pattern of pairing and avoidance that Korowai enact across many different areas of life activity. It then looks at what can be called dyad-based forms of person reference, in which a kinship term is joined to a personal name. Interactional avoidance, like landownership and travel across ownership margins, is organized as a questioning exploration of how people stand to each other. Beyond underlining that pairing is a characteristic Korowai mode of relation making, it has attempted more specifically to make clear the kinds of relations, persons, and social worlds that are created through Korowai practices of pairing. In practices of pairing and avoidance, Korowai specifically focus on alterity as a core aspect of signifying acts. Dyad-based person reference forms, along with mother-in-law avoidance, signal people's histories of emerging from or being involved with others' bodies and bodily actions.

Keywords:   pairing, interactional avoidance, Korowai, dyad-based person reference, mother-in-law avoidance

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