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Author Hermkens, Anna-Karina.

Title Engendering Objects [electronic resource] : Dynamics of Barkcloth and Gender among the Maisin of Papua New Guinea.

Imprint Havertown : Sidestone Press, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource (389 pages)
Contents Acknowledgments; Engendering Objects; Introduction; Research Topic and theoretical setting; Methodologies; Theoretical setting; Thematic structure; Engendering people through things; Gendering Maisin men and women; Maisin setting; Food and surroundings; Settlement; Social structure; Outline; List of figures; Part 1; Women and Barkcloth; Chapter 1; 'Making' women; Conceiving bodies; Male versus female substances and descent; Constituting the person; Gendering children's bodies; Initiating girls; Making women and men; Marking women's bodies; Dangerous bodies: Female sexuality.
Gendered ways of thought and speechOn being good husbands and wives; The performativity of gender; Chapter 2; Women making barkcloth; Making tapa; From tree to cloth; Designing the cloth; Tattoos and tapa designs; Decorating and painting the cloth; Transferring female knowledge; The past in the present; Learning to draw; Making tapa at school; Styles of identity: creativity and agency in tapa designs; Tapa designs as forms of non-discursive agency; Tapa production as a performative act; Part 2; Materializations and the performance of identity; Chapter 3; Ancestral travels and designs.
Following Clan designsChiefs of the up- and downstream; Following the ancestors; Materialisations of the patrilineal clan; Who owns wuwusi, the tapa tree?; Drawing the clan; Female knowledge and creativity; Clan materialisations: gendered knowledge and practice; Chapter 4; Life-cycle rituals and the performance of identity; First-born exchanges; Decorating the firstborn child: totumi and kesevi; Girls' initiation; Performing the initiated body; Maternal connections?; Marriages and weddings; The performance of marital exchanges; Death and mourning rituals; Public mourning.
Individual mourning: seclusion and re-socialisationMarking the end of mourning: emergence; Gendered ways of mourning; Death and mourning exchanges; Life-cycle rituals: Constituting the person; Chapter 5; Maintaining relationships; Maisin ideologies of exchange; Principles of exchange (vina): marawa-wawe and muan; Kinship relations and exchange; Reciprocity within the clan; Reciprocity outside the clan; Exchanges between clans; Exchange relations between affines; Exchanges outside one's clan and kin; The gender of exchange; Gender and the production and bartering of objects.
Betel nut and moneyTapa as gift and commodity; Women in between; Chapter 6; Church festivals and the performance of identity; Clan feasts and church festivals; A church festival in Sefoa; Feasts of exchange; Food and the expression of relationships; Money and tapa; Decorating the body; Ornaments (nomo); Clan decorations; Performing the body, performing identity; Moving identities; Individual versus collective identities; The female body as a male display; Part 3; Colonial and postcolonial appropriations of tapa; Chapter 7; Colonial collecting: Dialogues of gender and objects.
Note Colonising and collecting Collingwood Bay: Sir William MacGregor.
Summary Engendering objects explores social and cultural dynamics among Maisin people in Collingwood Bay (Papua New Guinea) through the lens of material culture. Focusing upon the visually stimulating decorated barkcloths that are used as male and female garments, gifts, and commodities, it explores the relationships between these cloths and Maisin people. The main question is how barkcloth, as an object made by women, engenders people's identities, such as gender, personhood, clan and tribe, through its manufacturing and use. This book describes in detail how barkcloth (tapa) not only visualizes and e.
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Subject Maisin (Papua New Guinean people)
Tapa -- Papua New Guinea.
Gender identity -- Papua New Guinea.
Art and anthropology -- Papua New Guinea.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Hermkens, Anna-Karina. Engendering Objects : Dynamics of Barkcloth and Gender among the Maisin of Papua New Guinea. Havertown : Sidestone Press, ©2013 9789088901454
ISBN 9789088901461 (electronic bk.)
9088901465 (electronic bk.)