In this collection of papers, spanning the years between 1972 and 1999, Michael Allen explores some of the complex ways in which ritual, power and gender intersect with and influence one another. In reading this book one not only discovers the different cultural worlds of Vanuatu, Nepal and Ireland, but also a history of anthropological theory that ends with a powerful vision of the relation between the individual and society.
About the Author:
MICHAEL ALLEN was Professor of Anthropology at Sydney University in 1964 to 1993. He established an international reputation with his first book, Male Cults and Secret Initiations in Melanesia. Other important publications include The Cult of Kumari: Virgin Worship in Nepal and his edited collections VAnuatu: Politics, Economic and Politics in Island Melanesia, Women in India and Nepal and Anthropology of Nepal: Peoples, Problem and Processes.