Assertion and Appeal

  • Edward L. Schieffelin


Kaluli society is basically egalitarian. It consists of a number of loosely knit residence communities (longhouses) that lack important corporate groups, roles of authority, and specialized jural and political institutions. A person’s sense of obligation and his appeals for assistance or support are directed primarily toward particular individuals in his own and other longhouse communities. The networks of the various individuals in a longhouse community may overlap to some extent but they are not themselves groups. Rather, they form a flexible reservoir of relationships from which temporary groups may be brought into being (whether or not across an opposition) according to the circumstances.


Burning Fatigue Amid Smoke Eter 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Edward L. Schieffelin 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward L. Schieffelin

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations