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Society of Others: Kinship and Mourning in a West Papuan Place

Rupert Stasch


This study upsets the popular assumption that human relations in small-scale societies are based on shared experience. In a theoretically innovative account of the lives of the Korowai of West Papua, Indonesia, this book shows that in this society, people organize their connections to each other around otherness. Analyzing the Korowai people's famous “tree house” dwellings, their patterns of living far apart, and their practices of kinship, marriage, and childbearing and rearing, the book argues that the Korowai actively make relations not out of what they have in common, but out of what divid ... More

Keywords: human relations, Korowai, West Papua, Indonesia, tree house dwellings, kinship, marriage, childbearing, child rearing, tribal societies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520256859
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520256859.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rupert Stasch, author