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Tuer, manger, payer: L'alliance monétaire des Wodani de Papouasie occidentale

Stéphane Breton
L'Homme
No. 162, Questions de Monnaie (Apr. - Jun., 2002), pp. 197-232
Published by: EHESS
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25133537
Page Count: 40
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Abstract

Les Wodani des hautes-terres de Papouasie occidentale médiatisent leur reproduction sociale par l'utilisation, lors des compensations de meurtre et de mariage, d'une monnaie de coquillage qui articule la théorie de la personne à la commémoration symbolique du corps de l'ancêtre. La monnaie est ainsi décrite comme une forme de substance sociale. /// Social reproduction among the Wodani of the West Papua highlands takes place through the medium of shell currency, which serves to provide compensation in cases of murder and marriage. This currency links the theory of personhood with the symbolic commemoration of an ancestor's body. Money is thus-described as a form of social substance.

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