They Make Themselves
Work and Play among the Baining of Papua New Guinea
In a new work sure to evoke considerable repercussions and debate in anthropological theory, Jane Fajans courageously takes on the "Baining Problem," arguing that the Baining define themselves not through intricate cosmologies or social networks, but through the meanings generated by their own productive and reproductive work.
Ch. 1: The "Baining Problem"
Ch. 2: The Ethnographic Setting
Ch. 3: History
Ch. 4: Kinship, Adoption, and the Production of Society
Ch. 5: The Life Cycle and Socialization
Ch. 6: Sentiments and Motivation in the Social Person
Ch. 7: Death and Social Reproduction
Ch. 8: Baining Dances
Ch. 9: Ta Takmut Banas: The Asarai Dance
Ch. 10: Atut
Ch. 11: Anarchy as Structured Antistructure