Exchange in Oceania: A Graph Theoretic Analysis

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byPer Hage, Frank Harary

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In their previous book, Structural Models in Anthropology, anthropologist Per Hage and mathematician Frank Harary used graph theory, a branch of pure mathematics, to develop a family of models for the study of social, symbolic, and cognitive relations. In this book the authors extend these models and apply them to the analysis of exchange structures in Oceania, presenting graph theory in a form accessible to the non-mathematical reader. Using ethnographic data from Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, they demonstrate that the language,techniques, and theorems of graph theory provide the essential basis for the description, quantification, simulation, enumeration, and notation of the great variety of exchange forms actually found in Oceanic societies.

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Exchange in Oceania contains a rich and varied repertory of structural models applied to a fascinating array of exchange systems. The book will provide a sound general foundation for future research on exchange relations.

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In their previous book, Structural Models in Anthropology, anthropologist Per Hage and mathematician Frank Harary used graph theory, a branch of pure mathematics, to develop a family of models for the study of social, symbolic, and cognitive relations. In this book the authors extend these models and apply them to the analysis of exch...

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Exchange in Oceania contains a rich and varied repertory of structural models applied to a fascinating array of exchange systems. The book will provide a sound general foundation for future research on exchange relations.

Per Hage is at University of Utah. Frank Harary is at New Mexico State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:334 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198277601

ISBN - 13:9780198277606

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Exchange in Oceania contains a rich and varied repertory of structural models applied to a fascinating array of exchange systems. The book will provide a sound general foundation for future research on exchange relations.

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`Hage and graph-theorist Harary provide foundations for the comprehensive study of structure and dispel some conceptual confusions haunting ethnographic literature ... they demonstrate what we can learn by an explicit formulation of concepts, directed toward robust substantive application.'American Anthropologist