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Book Launch: Ways of Baloma by Mark S. Mosko

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Acton, ACT 2601

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Professor Margaret Jolly launches Mark S. Mosko's latest book, 'Ways of Baloma: : Rethinking Magic and Kinship from the Trobriands'.

Bronislaw Malinowski’s path-breaking research in the Trobriand Islands shaped much of modern anthropology’s disciplinary paradigm. Yet many conundrums remain. For example, Malinowski asserted that baloma spirits of the dead were responsible for procreation but had limited influence on their living descendants in magic and other matters, claims largely unchallenged by subsequent field investigators, until now.

Based on extended fieldwork at Omarakana village—home of the Tabalu “Paramount Chief”—Mark S. Mosko argues instead that these and virtually all contexts of indigenous sociality are conceived as sacrificial reciprocities between the mirror worlds that baloma and humans inhabit.

Praise for Ways of Baloma:

“…an ethnography which has implications far beyond anthropology”

Sarah Franklin, Cambridge University

“Welcome to the 21st century, Bronislaw Malinowski”

–Roy Wagner, University of Virginia

“…a provocative and controversial intervention into contemporary debates on the nature of Melanesian personhood, and the neglected relation between magic and kinship”

–Chris Gregory, ANU

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