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List of Illustrations Preface 1. Fieldwork among the Maisin 2. Making a Living 3. The Social Design 4. The Spiritual Realm 5. Community 6. Culture Change: Tapa and the Rainforest 7. Ancestral Lines References Index

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Barker's book is beautifully organized, clearly written, and each chapter fits snugly within the confines of a basic topic included on all introductory syllabi. Moreover, unlike many ethnographies written specifically for undergraduates, this is a text that will neither talk down to nor bore students. Barker's finely observed discussions of such topics as reciprocity, kinship, and sorcery not only cover the major lines of argument surrounding them, but also add new ideas. -- Joel Robbins, Oxford University Ancestral Lines seems to get better each time I use it: it is that rare book that engages first-year students while providing the insight and intellectual depth upper-level courses require. -- Dan Jorgensen, Western University

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John Barker is a professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He has conducted anthropological fieldwork in Papua New Guinea and amongst the Nuxalk and Nisga'a First Nations of Canada. He has published extensively on Christianity amongst the indigenous peoples of Oceania and British Columbia, the history of anthropology, and the impact of environmental activists in Papua New Guinea.


Barker's clear, engaging, and often self-reflexive writing style provides students with a readable and interesting ethnography. -- Pacific Affairs

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