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Author Name:    BERNDT, Ronald M

Title:   Excess and Restraint : Social Control Among a New Guinea Mountain People. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    University of Chicago Press, Chicago & London, 1962, 

Seller ID:   104009

BERNDT, Ronald M. Excess and Restraint : Social Control Among a New Guinea Mountain People. (Chicago & London) : The University of Chicago Press, (1962). First Edition. Pp (6),v-xxii,1-474,(2),+ 16 pp plates. Maps. Index. 8vo, brown cloth, red design to front board, red and black lettering to spine."The subjects of this study are the people of four language groups in the eastern highlands of New Guinea, an area now under the administrative control of the Australian government. Mnrh of their way of life was almost untouched by outside influences when Dr. Berndt went there in the early 1950's. The picture is, in many respects, a violent one. Aggressive behavior, male-female antagonism, physical strength user! relentlessly against the weak, cannibalism, sorcery, harsh initiation rites — these are the fabric of existence. But all this takes place within a social framework. There are formal standards governing relations between persons and between social units, with the patri-lineage as the main focus of loyalty. Dr. Berndt presents a wealth of case material to show how this society, which makes so much of conflict, maintains a reasonable balance between conformity and non-conformity. Even warfare, for all its apparent brutality, is conducted with a measure of enjoyment and governed, up to a point, by "sporting" rules. And in spite of it, this remains a fairly densely populated area —warring factions take care to leave themselves enough opponents to fight another day. Warfare hasnow, however, been officially outlawed bv the encroaching administration. Elementary native courts to settle disputes were being set up at the time of Dr. Berndt's study - courts which turned punishment into a dramatic popular spectacle. But although conducted in an officially unacceptable form, these courts were actually helping to smooth the transition "from war to law." This is an important study, both for its anthropological content and for its bearing on the problems of administration with special relevance to thequestion of self-government for this and other similar societies." (from t he dj). Contents : Part 1 - Introductory. 1. Introduction to the Problem. 2. The Problem of Social Order and Social Control. Part 2 - Social and Cultural Setting. 3. Social Structure and Organization. 4. The Mythological Background of Social Action. 5. RituaJ Action. Part 3 - Socialization and Enculturation. 6 The Road to Adulthood. 7. Adulthood means Marriage. 8. Foci of Dissension. 9. Sexuality and Aggression. Part 4 - Coercive Controls. 10. Suicide. 11. Sorcery. 12. Warfare. 13. Cannibalism. 14. Intradistrict Conflict. Part 5 - Judicial Procedure. 15. Development of the Court. 16. The Informal Court in Action. 17. External Control. Part 6 - Conclusions. 18. SocialOrder. Front freen endpaper clipped, else very good in rubbed, edgeworn, b ut unclipped, dustjacket. 25.00


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