HARDING, Thomas G. American Ethnological Society Monograph 44.
Title: Voyagers of the Vitiaz Strait : A Study of a New Guinea Trade System.
Publisher:  University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1967,
Seller ID: 104069
HARDING, Thomas G. Voyagers of the Vitiaz Strait : A Study of a New Guinea Trade System. Seattle: University of Washington Press, (1967). Pp. (4),v-x,(4),-282. 8vo, red cloth with gilt initials to front board and gilt lettering to spine. The American Ethnological Society, Monograph 44. June Helm,Editor. "In describing the native trade system of the Vitiaz Strait region of northeastern New Guinea, Thomas Harding makes a significant contributio n to the new and expanding ecological perspective of cultural anthropology,in which intercultural relations are held to be powerful determinants of l ocal development and change. Until recently, northeastern New Guinea was practically terra incognita for students of culture. In addition to the new information about the specific area, however, this book will hold much interest for scholars concerned with the western Pacific generally. Although it has long been aparent that generally. Although it has long been apparent that large-scale trading systems are characteristic of the western Pacific area, only one system -- the famous kula ring studied by Malinowski -- has been previously described in adequate fashion. The trade system of the VitiazStrait covers archipelago and mainland; traffic moves over open water, alo ng the coasts, and over mountains, crossing some of the world's most ruggedterrain. Some 150,000 people live within the area, residing in some comuni ties that range in size from about 80 to 1,5000 persons. Exchange takes place in markets, on platforms of sailing canoes, in conjunction with festivals, and during the intervillage visiting of trade-friends. The types of articles exchanged number only about three dozen; the social links through which they are exchanged number in the thousands. Harding reveals the ways in which the coming of European culture, with its manufactured goods and money,has affected the native trading economy. As missionization has altered the traditional religious and political institutions, which have always determ ined the demand for goods, so too has the character of the trading system changed." - from the dustjacket. Contents; 1. Introduction; 2. Boundaries and Spheres of Trade; 3. Canoes and the Maritime Adaptation; 4. The Economic Flow: Products of Trade; 5. The mainland: Sio and Its Hinterland; 6. The Economics of Status and Group Relations in Siassi and Kovai Society; 8. The Social Basis of Trade; 9. Change: Expansion and Decline; 10. Conclusion. With appendices, bibliography and index. Light spotting to top edge, bookplateto flyleaf, else very good in lightly nicked, unclipped dustjacket. 25.00