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Culture, Mind, and Society
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She Speaks Her Anger: Myths & Conversations of Gimi Women

A Psychological Ethnography in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Authors: Gillison, Gillian

  • Offers a nuanced psychological ethnography grounded in the correspondences between Gimi myths and rituals and Freud’s theory of the Primal Crime
  • Adopts a novel approach, which stands as critique of current anthropological discourses on mythopoeia, kinship, gender, personhood, and human sociality
  • Provides new insights into the contested relationship between men’s and women’s understandings of the world they share
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About this book

Taking a novel approach that adapts Freud’s theory of the Primal Crime, this book examines a wealth of ethnographic data on the Gimi of the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, focusing on women’s lives, myths, and rituals.  Women’s and men’s separate myths and rites may be ‘read’ as a cycle of blame about which sex caused the ills of human existence and is still at fault.  However, the author demonstrates that in public rites of exchange in which both sexes participate, men appropriate and subvert women’s usages as a ritual strategy to ‘undo’ motherhood and confiscate children at puberty. In doing so, she reveals how Gimi women both rebel against the male-dominated social order and express understanding of why they also acquiesce. 
The result of decades of fieldwork, writing and reflection, this book offers an analysis of Gimi women’s complex understanding of their situation and presents a nuanced picture of women in a society dominated by men. It represents an important contribution to New Guinea ethnography that will appeal to students and scholars of psychoanalysis, gender studies, and cultural, social and psychoanalytic anthropology.

About the authors

Gillian Gillison is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada.

Buy this book

eBook 74,89 €
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  • à paraître: 4 novembre 2020
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Hardcover 94,94 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
She Speaks Her Anger: Myths & Conversations of Gimi Women
Book Subtitle
A Psychological Ethnography in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea
Authors
Series Title
Culture, Mind, and Society
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-49352-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-49352-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-49351-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 287
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